On Tuesday, an official announcement was made to inform us that Roy Keane would step in as Paul Lambert’s right hand man ahead of the new campaign.

Keane is known for his fiery attitude and is renowned for telling everyone exactly what’s on his mind, even if others don’t agree – just ask Sir Alex Ferguson.

What can we expect from Keano as our new assistant manager?

There certainly won’t be an awful lot of slacking in training: Keane will make sure the boys give their all; anything less and the Irishman will let them know about it.

The ex-Sunderland boss hasn’t got a pretty CV to hand but that’s not to say that there isn’t much he can offer Villa as he steps in to support Paul Lambert

Unsuccessful managerial spells with both Sunderland and Ipswich meant that Keane took some time out in the form of punditry alongside Adrian Chiles on ITV.

The man with the grey beard is now back and seems to have his hands full with assistant manager positions with the Republic of Ireland and now Aston Villa. It’s a lot of responsibility for one man to take on but, with Keane’s grit and determination, I am sure he will succeed in both roles.

Although Keane is not promising any miracles, the thing that excites me most is his experience alongside our young players coming through the ranks. The ex-Manchester United player captained his side, playing along with the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo during early stages of their careers. If Keane can guide our youngsters such as Callum Robinson and Jack Grealish in the same way he did those at Manchester United then we could be in for a real treat in the near future.

Could Roy Keane be one of Lambert’s best signings to date? It is one of those appointments which could be a hit or a miss. Keane will either work wonders with our set of young players, who were all signed with the potential to become something special, or he could fail and make the situation at Villa much worse than it already is, given his fiery temperament.

If we are looking for someone to get the team fired up before the game or at half-time then we probably need look no further. Paul Lambert has been criticised for his lack of passion on match days. With lacklustre performances all of last season, barring a few good performances against the big sides, we always seemed to look demotivated on the pitch. Our new number two will take some of the pressure off Lambert in scenarios such as this and he will be sure to get the side pumped.

Keane is the hands-on type of coach that Villa have been crying out for in the last couple of years. Something was clearly not right behind the scenes at Villa Park, which was confirmed when Ian Culverhouse was sacked due to disciplinary issues. Our new appointment could solve these issues.

Pre-season is on its way and Villa are now looking in better shape, with experienced signings Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos entering the fray to help out our younger faces. Now that Roy Keane’s appointment has been finalised, we have the experience and knowledge needed to drive the squad on to bigger things.

We wish Keane well in his new role and I will leave you with our new assistant manager’s first interview with AVTV:


  1. This will either work really well or be a disaster.

    The Irish connection continues and for young players like Robinson and Grealish and, more crucially in the immediate future, Caruthers the chance to work with their national team deputy boss must be an upside.

    If Roy can instill half the passion and commitment into the players that he had in his playing days we WILL be a better team (maybe he shouldn’t do to much work with Delph and Clark though!).

    An interesting high profile appointment that generates a level of interest – certainly for me more than the signings of Senderos and Cole where there could be upside but I think it is less likely.


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