Roy Keane turns up for training 90 minutes early on first day as Republic of Ireland assistant boss

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has settled into his new role in typically proficient manner.

arrived at the nation’s training base at Gannon Park at 9:30am this morning, a full 90 minutes before the team’s scheduled arrival.

and Republic of Ireland begin the new era in a friendly against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium on Friday.

Earlier today, Keane was straight onto the training pitch to prepare everything for the morning session, before inspecting the facilities on offer.

Wearing a full training kit, the former Manchester United man signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans, ahead of the first session under the new regime.

The rest of the players arrived at around 10:45 am, led by captain and LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, closely followed by their 61-year-old boss.

O’Neill and Keane watched training closely from the sidelines as they look to get the new era off to a winning start.

and hopes the two can revive Irish fortunes, after missing out on next summer’s World Cup.

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He said: "I know them both very well, I know the two types of people they are.

"It has got excitement back for the public and the players should be looking forward to working with two inspirational characters."

, suggesting he was wrong to fall out with the then Republic boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup.

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