Roy Keane will not be working as an ITV pundit at the World Cup in Brazil
In our 257th Roy Keane update of the last seven days, the Republic of Ireland assistant manager will not be working as a pundit for ITV at the World Cup.
Keane has decided to step away from his television duties for the summer as he plots the next move in his coaching career, with Aston Villa seeking him out as assistant to Paul Lambert.
The Corkman’s decision was received amicably by ITV, despite the fact that Keane attracts a massive viewership for his sharp wit and withering critiques of players and managers alike.
“Roy has been a tremendous part of our pundit team in recent years, but we fully understand his decision to concentrate wholly on his coaching,” an ITV spokesperson said.
“We wish him every success for the future.”
Keane had appeared at the ITV World Cup launch just two weeks ago alongside Lee Dixon, Gus Poyet, Fabio Cannavaro and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill.