Breaking news has been filtering through of Roy Keane’s departure from Aston Villa as assistant manager and quoted on Irishtimes.com Keane explains how the two roles were becoming too much of a strain.
“Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much,”
“I’d like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club, I’ve really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the Club nothing but the best going forward.”
Keane goes onto say,
“It isn’t fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I’ve made this decision.”
Villa boss Paul Lambert has stated his respect for the decision the Republic of Ireland assistant manager has made.
“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.
“In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving.”