Wednesday media watch [02.07.14 AM]: More Keane reaction
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is convinced Villa's players will love working with Roy Keane after hailing the appointment of his high-profile assistant manager. Keane was confirmed as Lambert's new No.2 yesterday afternoon, allowing him to begin work in time for the start of pre-season training on Monday. The 42-year-old coach will combine his assistant boss's role at Villa with a similar role helping Martin O'Neill with the Ireland national team. Keane, who will be unveiled at a press conference this afternoon, insisted he is looking forward to "what promises to be an exciting challenge." Lambert believes Keane will bring a wealth of experience from his trophy-laden playing days at Man Utd, his management postings at Sunderland and Ipswich - and his coaching role with Ireland.
Daily Star: Paul Lambert insists his Aston Villa players will LOVE new coach Roy Keane. The Irish hardman had been brought in as Lambert's right-hand man after the departure of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa. Lambert reckons Keane is the man to life his side. The ex-Sunderland and Ipswich boss will combine his new role with his existing job as assistant to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill.
The Sun: Roy Keane signed on as Aston Villa's assistant manager yesterday. And the Irishman revealed he cannot wait to finally team up with Paul Lambert when he starts work on Monday. The 42-year-old Man Utd legend only locked horns once with Lambert in a competitive match during their playing days and it was the Scot who came out on top. Lambert's Borussia Dortmund side beat United 1-0 on their way to winning the European Cup in 1997 and Keane picked up a booking which ruled him out of the return, which the German giants also won. The pair also missed out on playing together for Celtic in Keane's swansong season as a player, as Lambert had already moved into management. Now the long-time friends have finally been reunited.
Daily Express: Look out! Roy Keane is back in the Premier League. Keane has joined Aston Villa as assistant manager to Paul Lambert and will be unveiled today. Martin O'Neill, who is Keane's boss with the Republic of Ireland, where is also No.2, said: "Roy is very knowledgeable and he's a bit fiery. He'll bring all those things to Aston Villa and back into the Premier League. He is a workaholic and he and Paul Lambert should be able to pull around Villa's fortunes."
The Times: What is poised to be Aston Villa's most intriguing - and high profile - arrival this summer was confirmed yesterday when Roy Keane became assistant to Paul Lambert, who has backed the Irishman to have a positive effect on the team, despite a fearsome reputation. Keane, 42, will combine the Villa role with being No.2 to Martin O'Neill with the Ireland team. He withdrew from his role as a World Cup pundit for ITV to accept Villa's invitation. He will be introduced at a press conference, with Lambert, at lunchtime today. Such media appearances are, though, expected to be rare with the former Man Utd player happy to step into the shadows.
Daily Mirror: Roy Keane has been confirmed as Aston Villa's new assistant manager. The 42-year-old will continue in his role with the Republic of Ireland and joins Paul Lambert's staff at Villa Park after rejecting the chance to take over at Celtic. He told the club's official website: "I am delighted to be joining Aston Villa and I look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge. "I am relishing the prospect of linking up with Paul and combining both roles to the full advantage of both Villa and Ireland."
ITV Sport: Roy Keane says he is delighted to have joined Aston Villa as Paul Lambert's assistant, and that he is looking forward to the challenges ahead. The 42-year-old, who has managerial experience with Sunderland and Ipswich Town and played for Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, will begin work with the squad when they return for pre-season training next Monday. He is also currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, and will continue to work in that role while at Villa.
ESPN: Aston Villa have appointed former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane as their new assistant manager. Keane turned down the chance to manage Celtic in favour of a move to work alongside Paul Lambert in the Premier League, and will begin work on July 7 when pre-season training begins. Keane was in talks with Villa at the same time as he was approached by Celtic, with his decision to work as an assistant rather than return to a lead coaching role believed to have been key in his decision to remain part of the Republic of Ireland coaching set-up as Martin O'Neill's assistant.
FIFA.com: Roy Keane will combine his Republic of Ireland duties with the new role of assistant manager at Aston Villa after the Premier League club confirmed his appointment on Tuesday. The 42-year-old former Manchester United midfielder, also the deputy to Republic manager Martin O'Neill, will work alongside Villa boss Paul Lambert as they try to revive the fortunes of the Birmingham club after a prolonged battle against relegation last season. "I am delighted to be joining Aston Villa and I look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge," Keane said.
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