Villa's Reo-Coker hails Sunderland boss Keane

Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker admits Sunderland boss Roy Keane was his hero when he was playing for Manchester United.

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Reo-Coker raved: "Roy Keane is one of the greats who I admire a lot - especially what he stands for.

"I admire him for the manager he is and what he has done as a player, because he is a winner. He is a natural-born leader and that's what a lot of people see in me.

"I stand for the same principles he does as I want to be a winner too.

"He takes his football very seriously and sometimes he is probably an unpleasant character to be around like myself occasionally.

"But what he has achieved in the game is tremendous and I would love to achieve half of what he has.

"I will never come out and say I am a world-beater because I play a very simple game, but in my view it is an effective game."

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