MARTIN O'Neill believes that it's a case of 'Ireland 1 Aston Villa 0' after Roy Keane opted to put country before club and quit his role at Villa Park to focus on his Ireland role.
Less than five months into his time as Paul Lambert's assistant at Villa, Keane has now decided to walk away from that role to devote himself to his post with Ireland. The timing is strange as Ireland do not have a match for another four months and have only two competitive games in the next nine months.
However, O'Neill (below) says that Keane (right), possibly worn out from having no summer holiday, felt he could no longer do both roles so he has sacrificed his Villa job to stick with Ireland.
"Roy himself was more concerned and worried about the commitment - I didn't have a problem with it. Roy, being the perfectionist that he is, wanted to give everything to every single cause," said O'Neill last night.
Villa boss Lambert, under pressure after a poor run of eight games without a win, says he understood Keane's decision to step down. "Roy came to me and informed me that, ultimately, the difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I respect totally," said Lambert.
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