Confirmed: Roy Keane has been appointed as Aston Villa assistant manager 4 years ago

Confirmed: Roy Keane has been appointed as Aston Villa assistant manager

The Corkman is now the busiest number two in all of football...

Aston Villa have confirmed that Roy Keane has joined their coaching set-up as assistant manager to Paul Lambert. The move has been mooted for a number of weeks and Villa have finally come to an arrangement where Keane can take up his new role as well as staying on as Republic of Ireland assistant boss.

Keane's arrival at the Midlands club sees him return to club management for the first time since his disappointing spell at Ipswich ended in 2011. Villa manager Paul Lambert see Keane as the ideal personality to motivate the playing staff, who finished 15th in the Premier League last season.

Commenting on his new job, Keane said: "I am delighted to be joining Aston Villa and I look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge.

"I am grateful to both Villa and the Football Association of Ireland for making this happen and I would like also to thank Martin O'Neill.

"I am relishing the prospect of linking up with Paul Lambert and combining both roles to the full advantage of both Villa and Ireland".

The players are back from their holidays on July 7th and Villa expect Keane to be present for all their pre-season build up.