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Keane relishing Black Cats start

08 Sep 2006 - 11:52:21

Roy Keane feels his six new signings have blended in well as he looks forward to taking charge of Sunderland for the first time at Derby County on Saturday.

The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland skipper was unveiled as the Black Cats' new boss almost two weeks ago and has spent the time in between bolstering the squad and trying to get over his ideas to the players on the training ground.

He is now looking for the hard work to pay off on the pitch as the squad prepare to face the Rams at Pride Park this weekend.

He told Skysports: "There is a lot more responsibility and I have had a few chats with them and hopefully they have taken it in, but it has been relaxed.

"It is exciting really, it has been a hectic few weeks but the reality is now we have to get on and win football matches, that is what I am focused on and not getting carried away with all the stuff that goes on off the pitch - it has been busy to say the least but now it is about getting down to it and getting football results that will get us back up the table."

David Connolly, Graham Kavanagh, Liam Miller, Dwight Yorke, Stanislav Varga and Ross Wallace all arrived on transfer deadline day and Keane claims they have all settled in well.

He added: "Judging by the last few days in training the new lads have bedded in very quickly, but trying to get the perfect 11 - who knows, I can only gauge that when I see them in proper games - but they have settled very well and the players here have welcomed them with open arms.

"You can tell there is an edge and that is what I want."


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