Premier League - Keane named Aston Villa assistant manager

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Roy Keane as their assistant manager.

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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.

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 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.

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