Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Changes to Help Players

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Changes to Help Players

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Roy Keane is determined not to let angry wives or screaming children distract his players as Sunderland continue their promotion push.

The Black Cats moved into the play-off zone for the first time this season following their comprehensive victory over Southend.

Keane has made significant alterations behind the scenes at the Stadium of Light and all are designed to help the team prepare and condition for match day.

And one of the Irishman's most important changes comes before a ball has been kicked with his insistence the players stay with the rest of the team in a hotel the night before every game.

Keane said: "We stay in a hotel before every game. It's something I used to do at Manchester United and it means you know what the players are doing the night before a game.

"You can guarantee they are going to eat well and have a good night's sleep. Every manager is different. Some like them to report on the day of the game but you don't know what is happening before a game.

"People might have family round. If you're married there might be arguments, the kids might keep you up all night. I don't want the players getting bogged down by day-to-day stuff. If they're in the hotel, we know what room they are in and what they are up to. …

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