Roy Keane quits Aston Villa to focus on Republic of Ireland role

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (left) and assistant manager Roy Keane.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (left) and assistant manager Roy Keane. - Credit: PA

Assistant manager Roy Keane has left Aston Villa with immediate effect.

The former Ipswich Town boss has relinquished the role after struggling to combine it with a similar position he holds with the Republic of Ireland as Martin O’Neill’s assistant.

The 43-year-old only became Paul Lambert’s number two at Villa in July.

“Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much. It isn’t fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I’ve made this decision,” said Keane.

The former Manchester United midfielder had also been struggling to find enough time to spend with his family, a club spokesman said.

Villa manager Lambert said the club would aim to fill the position as soon as was practically possible.

“Roy came to me this morning and he informed me that, ultimately, the difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I respect totally,” he said.

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“In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving.”

Villa, who travel to Burnley in the Premier League tomorrow, sit just two points above the relegation zone having not won in nine league games.