Paul Lambert: 'Roy Keane loves a laugh'

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 admits that his assistant Roy Keane is "not just serious" as the former Manchester United midfielder has a no-nonsense attitude.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted that his assistant Roy Keane "loves a laugh, he's not just serious".

Keane's no-nonsense attitude was most notable during his playing career when he walked out on the Republic of Ireland's 2002 World Cup campaign.

Lambert told the Daily Star: "He loves a laugh, he's not just serious.

"It's been great for me and everyone else at the club. It's been good."

Keane is Lambert's assistant with the Republic of Ireland national team as well as Premier League club Aston Villa.

The former Manchester United midfielder managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town but remains second in command to Lambert.

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