Roy Keane leaves Aston Villa.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has left his role as assistant manager of Aston Villa after finding it difficult to combine it with a similar role with the Republic of Ireland.

Before this announcement, Keane was the assistant manager to both Paul Lambert and Martin O'Neill of Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland respectively.

"Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much. It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision," Keane said, as reported by the BBC.

Paul Lambert also shed more light on the issue by saying: "Roy came to me this morning and he informed me that, ultimately, the difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I respect totally," he said.

"In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving."

Villa play Burnley away in their next game in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Written by @SimonOmokhua

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