Villa manager Paul Lambert has accepted that Roy Keane quit his role as the assistant manager at the club because of a training ground row with midfielder Tom Cleverley.
Both have Manchester United connections and it is believed that a fight broke up in the training ground. Keane is reported to have stalked Cleverley outside his home before going away without an incident. This played a key role in his departure from Villa in November. Keane said at the time of his departure that he was unable to concentrate in his roles between the Villa assistant manager and the Republic of Ireland assistant manager.
Even though Lambert says that the row with Cleverley played a crucial role in Keane’s exit, the media have been inaccurate with their reports of the former Manchester United man’s stalking behaviour. Cleverley may be at Aston Villa only until the end of the season, but he is widely expected to make the move permanent. The 24-year-old has been a key figure in the club’s midfield this season. Lambert has also revealed that the Republic of Ireland duty also played a role in Keane’s exit. Keane is contracted with the national team until the end of 2016. Cleverley will be absent from the weekend’s Aston Villa team that takes on Manchester United.
“I spoke to Tom this morning really briefly and he assures me that what is being portrayed is certainly not what happened. That was it, really. I’ve probably spoken about Roy more since he’s left than when he was here. I think you [should] give the guy a break.From the brief chat I had with Tom, it certainly wasn’t how it was portrayed. That was what Tom told me this morning. Roy’s obviously got his Ireland role to contend with and work on, trying to qualify for Euro 2016,” said Lambert.
The former Manchester United player, Roy Keane has a new autobiography which will be released to the public with fans being able to buy it in October. ‘’The Second Half’’ is the name of the book as Keane teamed up with the Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle in order to only write about the book but the pair is also going to be linked up and doing a promotional event to help increase and spread out the word of Keane’s autobiography.
Roy Keane is currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team and the squad has been playing against Italy, Costa Rica, Portugal and Oman in the last few months in friendly matches but the time has finally arrived for the team of Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill to get serious and perform at a higher level to secure their spot in the next stages of the 2016 Euro’s.
Gibraltar, Germany and Scotland are the upcoming opponents for the squad of Keane with all of those matches scheduled to be played on October 11, 14 and November 14.
The assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team is eager and optimistic about the upcoming series of matches for the 2016 Euro’s.
Keane said: “We are looking forward to it; of course, we have said that for the last few months. Friendlies are all well and good, but it’s down to business now over the weekend, so we are looking forward to it. Everyone seems frightened to death, particularly the media. There’s a lot of negativity. Strangely enough I’m sure if we qualify, you will be first to celebrate and have a jolly-up over there. From the players’ point of view and from the manager and the staff and we have got a top, top manager and we will be ready. I don’t know what you are worried about.
Aston Villa have made a strong start to the season after managing to pick up seven points from the opening three matches. As a result, they sit third in the table – a position few would have expected given the poor finish that they had last season. Some of the success has been attributed to the presence of former Manchester United captain Roy Keane’s presence at the club. The Republic of Ireland assistant boss has also been working as the assistant to Paul Lambert.
It has been rumoured that Keane has been brought into the club should Lambert fail to improve Villa’s form over the course of the season. For the moment, there has been no talk of Lambert’s exit as there has been a lot of positivity surrounding the club. The prospects of Villa sustaining a strong start to the season improved after the club managed to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a season-long loan deal. The transfer was completed after deadline day had passed, but an exception was made in this case since Villa had begun work on the transfer well before the deadline.
Cleverley, who could potentially sign for Villa on a free transfer next summer, says that the presence of Keane was a major factor in convincing him to move to Villa Park.
“The prospect of working under the manager [Paul Lambert] and Roy [Keane, assistant manager], who were both fantastic midfielders in their playing careers, made the decision to come to Villa an easy one. I’m looking forward to working with them, but also the other really good midfield players that the club have, like Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood and other new lads like Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez,” said Cleverley, whose first team opportunities at United looked limited after a raft of signings by new manager Louis van Gaal.
Like most of the Football pundits, Roy Keane also didn’t like the way the players of Arsenal went crazy in their celebrations after they get better of Wigan Athletic in the return leg of the FA Cup semi final clash.
Being a Premier League side, the Gunners were always the favourites in that game, but, their performance was under par for most parts of the game and at the end of 120 minutes (90 + extra 30), the scores were levelled at 1-1 which meant that the game had to be taken into the penalty shoot outs in which Arsenal eventually won by 4-2.
The Arsenal players went nuts after that win. They celebrated as if they had secured a big Premier League win. Quite a few people were surprised by that kind of celebration by them.
Wigan was after all a Championship team. So, beating them was something that should not have been considered a big thing by the Arsenal players.
The reason behind that animated celebration by Arsenal might be their trophy drought. They have not lifted silverware in the last 9 seasons and here they have a chance to do that now. So, it’s that which might have got them carried away.
Still, Keane reckons that they shouldn’t have celebrated that way as that was “Unbecoming”.
Speaking in a post match programme, Keane said, “I think they forgot that they had defeated only a Championship team and that too in penalties. It could have gone either way at the end.”
“I could have understood if they had won the final and then celebrated, but, to celebrate in this fashion after beating a comparatively weaker team in the semi final; I would say that’s unbecoming.”
The final match of the FA Cup will be played on 17th of May at the Wembley Stadium and Arsenal’s opponent in that match will be Hull City.
Roy Keane, the expert from ITV completely disregards Vincent Kompany’s comment that Barcelona were “there for the taking”. He replied to the Manchester City skipper saying that Kompany has got no clue what he is speaking about. Post Manchester City was defeated to Barcelona by 2-0 during the 1st leg of their final sixteen Champion League tie, Vincent Kompany commented that not in the slightest way were the opponents better than them.
Stressing of the fact that it was quite tough Vincent Company commented that at the point when it was 11 versus 11 between Manchester City and Barcelona, a little too much consideration was shown to them and team Barcelona were there just for the taking. He was bent upon the fact that Barcelona was definitely not one of the toughest competitions they had faced this season of the game regardless of the fantastic show Tata Martino’s team displayed at the Etihad.
However Vincent Kompany added that Barcelona as a team was extremely efficient and, their phenomenal team quality could be experienced very well, while playing against them. The team’s effort made it very hard to wrap up the game in their behalf.
Nevertheless, no matter how good a team they are, Barcelona is definitely not the team which put up the best show against them this season. He assured that if today’s match is similar as before and Manchester City can cleverly steer clear from unwanted fouls, then they still have a good chance of bagging the game. Roy Keane wasn’t much convinced though by the comments passed by Vincent Kompany, who said that the latter must be too tired post the game, and he isn’t much sure that Kompany knows what he is saying.