Seamus Coleman happy to accept criticism from Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is excited to be working under Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is excited to be working under Roy Keane

Seamus Coleman says he will take any criticism from Roy Keane "on the chin".

A good-humoured Keane gave his first press briefing since becoming assistant to new Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on Wednesday afternoon.

Keane is known for demanding high standards from players, and the Everton defender has no difficulty with that.

"If I have done something wrong and a manager has a go at me, I'll take it on the chin. It will be no different under these two managers," said Coleman.

Keane, 42, was scathing in his criticism of the performances of the Republic of Ireland players at Euro 2012, where they lost all three games in their group.

He was more positive about the quality of players at his disposal during Wednesday's press briefing and said he is looking forward to having a hands-on role with the squad on the training pitch.

Coleman, from Donegal, grew up watching Keane star for Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland, and says those memories remain fresh.

"I think everyone will probably remember his Champions League game against Juventus where he got the yellow card and he dragged them through to the final [in 1999]," he said.

"I suppose that's one that stands out, but nearly every game he played, he was brilliant, wasn't he?

"It's just great to have someone like that we can learn from."

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