Birmingham - Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has left his role as
assistant manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect, he announced in a
statement released by the club on Friday.
The 43-year-old is also currently employed as the assistant to
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and he explained that
juggling the two roles was proving too difficult.
"Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my
commitment to these have become too much," said Keane, who was employed
by Villa in July to provide assistance to manager Paul Lambert.
"It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this
decision. I'd like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to
come to a brilliant football club.
"I've really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the
management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but
the best going forward."
Keane's announcement follows a period when the outspoken former midfielder has regularly appeared in the news headlines.
He released an explosive autobiography in October and was reportedly
involved in an altercation with a member of the public outside the
Ireland team hotel earlier this month.
He then snapped at Irish journalists when asked during a press
briefing if he felt his behaviour was making him a "distraction" to
But Lambert paid tribute to the former Ireland captain, saying: "Roy
came to me this morning and he informed me that, ultimately, the
difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I
"In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving."
Villa chief executive Tom Fox said: "We thank Roy for his time at the club and we wish him the best with Ireland."
Villa are currently two points above the Premier League's relegation zone and visit Burnley on Saturday.