Keane relishing Aston Villa challenge

Roy Keane has said that he is ‘excited and delighted’ at being handed the assistant manager’s job at Aston Villa, role which he will combine with his Republic of Ireland duties, BBC Sport has reported.

The appointment of Keane was confirmed on Wednesday, and he will replace Ian Culverhouse as manager Paul Lambert’s No.2. Culverhouse was dismissed by the club in May after being suspended a month earlier for an unspecified disciplinary issue along with coach Gary Karsa.

For Keane, it represents a return to the Premier League after an absence of five and-a-half years, having left his position as manager of Sunderland in late 2008. He is best known as a player and captain for Nottingham Forest and Manchester United.

Upon his arrival, Keane said: “I look forward to getting to know the players, their strengths and weaknesses. I’ve always had that pull to get back into a club. I had the situation with Ireland to consider but coming to work with Paul at Villa in the Premier League was too good to turn down.”

“If anything, I was excited and delighted that he felt he could ring me and ask me to come on board. I know what a great opportunity this is for me and I’m really looking forward to it. Villa have had a tough two or three years. I know there’s uncertainty round the club with it being up for sale but that never bothered me.”

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