SPORT — 01 July 2014

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Roy Keane is Aston Villa’s new assistant manager under Paul Lambert it was announced this afternoon.

It is understood that Lambert contacted Keane at the end of the season to discuss the possibility of taking the role whilst still fulfilling his duties as Ireland’s number two to Martin O’Neill.

O’Neill has given the move his stamp of approval and Aston Villa unveiled Keane in his new role today ahead of the start of pre-season training next Monday.

Keane said in an FAI statement: “I remain totally committed to my job with the Republic of Ireland and all that it involves.

“This agreement promises to be an exciting challenge and will give me an opportunity to continue developing my coaching skills on a daily basis that should ultimately benefit everyone.”

The former Manchester United captain had previously spoken to his beloved Celtic about succeeding Neil Lennon as manager, but decided against it due to conflicting interests with the national side.

The Cork-man had also pulled out of travelling to the World Cup as a pundit with ITV to concentrate on his coaching career.

Villa are looking to improve massively after a disappointing Premier League campaign last year which saw them finish 15th – only five points clear of the relegation zone.

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