Keane linked with Villa role

01 July 2014 10:17

Roy Keane is set to be named as Aston Villa's assistant manager.

Press Association Sport understands the 42-year-old will work alongside Paul Lambert at Villa Park, combining the role with his post as Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill's number two, and an announcement is imminent.

The move was mooted last month after Keane spoke to Celtic about the opportunity to succeed Neil Lennon as manager, but ultimately decided not to take matters any further.

Lambert's coaching staff was significantly depleted last season when assistant Ian Culverhouse and football operations manager Gary Karsa were suspended and then sacked for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

Keane's impending appointment comes with the players due to return for pre-season training on Monday.

The former Sunderland and Ipswich manager returned to the game in November last year when O'Neill offered him the opportunity to return to the international fold.

He has clearly enjoyed his time to date with the Republic, for whom he played with such distinction, and that proved a key factor in his decision over the vacancy at Celtic.

However, Keane's presence within the Ireland camp has raised his profile once again and O'Neill admitted at the height of the speculation at the end of May and the beginning of July that the former Manchester United skipper would inevitably be courted by other potential employers.

Source: PA

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