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03rd Dec 2014

Paul Lambert asserts there was no row before Roy Keane’s Aston Villa exit

Lambert is very clear here

Sean Nolan

The Scot was adamant that Keane left due to his commitments.

Once the news broke last Friday that Roy Keane was leaving his role as assistant coach at Aston Villa it was natural to assume that some sort of row had precipitated the exit. Heck, rows had precipitated almost all his other departures from jobs.

Keane and Aston Villa asserted at the time that it was due to his workload but some news reports said that there had been a bust-up with some players.

Last night, after Villa nabbed a precious away 1-0 away win at Crystal Palace, Lambert reiterated that Keane left so he could better manage his workload.

“If anyone wants to know about Roy, I’ll put it on your plate so you know: there’s absolutely no problem whatsoever,” Lambert is quoted as saying by ITV.

“He’s got a lot of commitments with Ireland, he’s never had a break from going away with Ireland, and never had a break from Aston Villa. So I totally respect his decision.

“Contrary to reports, there was absolutely nothing, absolutely no bust-up, no arguing, nothing like that. I thank him for his time coming to work for me.

“I spoke to him before the Burnley game, after the Burnley game, and we still have the same relationship. So I just want to put that to bed, alright?”

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