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Sunday 22 October 2017

I'll be the dual in the crown

ROY KEANE maintains that he can double-job with Ireland and Aston Villa after he was unveiled as the new assistant boss at Villa Park.

And one of his first tasks as Paul Lambert's No. 2 at Villa will be to try and complete the purchase of Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan, who has established himself as a key player at international level under Martin O'Neill and Keane.

Less than nine months after he started work with the FAI as Roy Keane's assistant Keane has taken up the offer of going to Villa Park but the 42-year-old has promised that his Irish role will not suffer.

"I remain totally committed to my job with the Republic of Ireland and all that it involves," Keane said.

"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."

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FAI chief executive John Delaney added: "We met with Martin and Roy to discuss retaining Roy's on and off-the-field responsibilities with the Irish team and becoming assistant manager at Aston Villa.

"Both Martin and I have spoken to Paul Lambert and we are comfortable that this agreement will work well for us and the Irish team."

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