Paul Lambert: 'Roy Keane was wasted as a pundit'

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and assistant Roy Keane look on during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield and Aston Villa at the One Call Stadium on July 17, 2014
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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes that Roy Keane's knowledge and abilities were being wasted as a pundit on television before he became his assistant.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert feels that his assistant Roy Keane's abilities were being wasted as a pundit on television.

Keane left his role on ITV Sport to join the Villans, in addition to his duties as being number two to Martin O'Neill with the Republic of Ireland.

The Scot has insisted that he had no qualms about bringing in the former Manchester United midfielder, which could have potentially put his future in doubt.

"It never once crossed my mind," Lambert told reporters. "The two of us are really strong characters.

"I knew he had a lot of football knowledge that was unfairly tarnished. His knowledge meant he was too good to be a television pundit. To get him back in the game was great."

Lambert signed a new four-year contract with Villa following their excellent start to the Premier League season.

Villa manager Paul Lambert gives the thumbs up against Swansea during the Premier League match on April 26, 2014
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