Aston Villa confirm Roy Keane appointment as assistant manager

Aston Villa confirm the appointment of Roy Keane as Paul Lambert's assistant.

Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Roy Keane as Paul Lambert's assistant manager.

The 42-year-old will continue in his role as Martin O'Neill's assistant with the Republic of Ireland national team while working for Premier League outfit Villa.

Former Manchester United midfielder Keane has previous management experience in charge of Sunderland and Ipswich Town, but will now work as second in command to Lambert.

"Roy brought Sunderland up out of the Championship and into the Premier League, he gained further experience at Ipswich - where we were close rivals while I was manager at Norwich - and he's now working at international level as assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland," Lambert told Villa's website.

"All of that experience and knowledge along with the qualities he has as a longstanding, leading professional in the game means he will bring a lot to the table. We're delighted to have him here."

Keane will start his new role straight away ahead of the Villa squad's return to pre-season training next week.

New Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013
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