Keano becomes a Villan!

Roy Keane in his previous managerial role

Roy Keane in his previous managerial role

Roy Keane is set to be named as Aston Villa’s assistant manager. The current assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, who sensationally declined to be considered for the Glasgow Celtic vacancy a month ago, will work alongside

Paul Lambert at Villa Park as well as keeping his job with the FAI.

The move was first 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 this 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. Keane 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 and current ITV football pundit would inevitably be courted by other potential employers.

Roy Keane now returns to the Midlands where he began his professional career at Nottingham Forest under legendary manager Brian Clough in 1990.