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Saturday 10 December 2016

Roy Keane on life at Villa: You'd be patting players on the back for putting their boots on

Roy Keane has left his post with Aston Villa
Roy Keane has left his post with Aston Villa
Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa face an in-form Everton side

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane left Aston Villa after just five months because of the way his work with the Birmingham club was affecting his role with his country.

An updated version of his book, The Second Half, will go on sale later this month and in it the Corkman reveals that he felt he was doing Martin O'Neill and Ireland an injustice by double-jobbing.

"My role with Aston Villa was certainly affecting my work with Ireland," Keane wrote.

"I felt it wasn't fair."

The ferocious competitor reveals his frustration at the club's lack of ambition while he was at Villa Park.

"There seems to be the wrong attitude, 'We're not going to be challenging but we're probably good enough to stay up'. It's like drifting. It's a tired club, a tired brand," he added.

"I think some of the players, even subconsciously, thought, 'We've a nice life here, we don't want you rocking the boat'.

"You'd be patting them on the back for putting their boots on and being on time - and half the time they weren't on time."

Roy Keane began the Premier League season as Paul Lambert's assistant at Aston Villa, both are now gone but Keane had something interesting to say about their replacement, Tim Sherwood.

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Tim Sherwood

Keane reveals in an updated version of his autobiography that Sherwood was keen to take over the reins at the Birmingham club long before Lambert was sacked.

He wrote: " I went to watch Villa against Bournemouth in the FA Cup a few weeks before Paul was sacked and Tim Sherwood was sitting behind me. I just thought, ‘All right….

"Some men go to matches if they think there’s a job there for them. I believe Tim had been at two or three games.

"It’s not a criticism of Tim. It’s part of the game, it’s the industry we’re in.

"I’d go the other way myself. If I thought the manager was under pressure and I was somehow being linked to the job, I’d avoid the place."

Benteke's is currently on a brilliant scoring streak but the former Manchester United and Ireland captain seemed unimpressed with the Belgian.

"He wasn’t one for scoring many goals in training. With all the top strikers I’d worked with, the top ones always loved scoring in training."

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