Keane: I can be a dual star
ROY KEANE insists that both parties will benefit from his decision to take on the assistant manager's job at Aston Villa while retaining his role as Martin O'Neill's No. 2.
Villa and the FAI have now confirmed that Keane will be taking up the offer to work alongside Paul Lambert at Villa, but he will not be resigning from his FAI role.
"I am grateful to both Villa and the Football Association of Ireland for making this happen and I would like also to thank Martin O'Neill. I am relishing the prospect of linking up with Paul Lambert and combining both roles to the full advantage of both Villa and Ireland," said Keane, who starts work with Villa for pre-season next Monday.
"I am delighted to be joining Aston Villa and I look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge."
Lambert, who until now had only known Keane as an opponent, said he was happy to be working with the Corkman.
"Roy has a great knowledge of football, on the coaching side as well, and he'll be a great asset and a big help to everybody here at Aston Villa Football Club," Lambert said.
"I'm really looking forward to working with him and I'm delighted that he's here. As a player, he was one of the most accomplished in the history of the Premier League and he's brought that experience gained over many years into his career in coaching and management. The players will love working with him.
"Although we never played together, we competed against one another and he's someone for whom I have a lot of time and respect."
Martin O'Neill said: "This is a good arrangement for us that allows Roy to remain in position as my assistant manager. Since he started in November, Roy has been excellent with the players and I have no doubt that he will bring all of the positive attributes he has shown here to the role he takes on at Aston Villa with Paul Lambert."