Roy Keane
9th Jul 2012
Roy Keane


Paul Lambert believes Roy Keane's experience, knowledge and qualities as a longstanding, leading professional will provide valuable impetus in his role as Villa No.2.

Keane began his career in coaching immediately after his retirement as a player, taking charge of Sunderland in August 2006.

In his first season he led the Black Cats to the summit of the Championship, twice winning the Championship manager of the month award and, at the end of the season, the Championship manager of the year award.

The Black Cats finished 15th in the Premier League in 2007-08 before Keane's departure in December the following season.

He managed Ipswich from April 2009 to January 2011 before joining the Republic of Ireland as assistant manager to Martin O'Neill.

Keane began his playing career with Cobh Ramblers in Cork before joining Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in 1990.

He played 123 times in all competitions for Forest before joining Man Utd for a then-British record £3.75m transfer fee in 1993.

He went on to reach the pinnacle of English and European football at United, winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League, as well as four Community Shields.

He was named to the PFA Team of the Year five times, won the FWA and PFA Player of the Year awards in 2000 and was named as part of the FIFA 100 in 2004, the 100 greatest living footballers.

He moved to Celtic in 2005 where he won the Scottish Premier League and League Cup double before retiring as a player in June 2006.

He has also played a prominent role in ITV's football coverage as chief football analyst before relinquishing the role prior to the World Cup in Brazil.

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