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Martin O'Neill Gives Keane Deadline On Aston Villa

Martin O'Neill Gives Keane Deadline On Aston Villa
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Martin O'Neill has told Roy Keane that he is fine with the Corkman taking on a role as Paul Lambert's number two at Aston Villa, but expressed his desire to avoid a long drawn-out saga by declaring a decision is to be made by August.

Having confirmed that discussions between Keane and Lambert have taken place, O'Neill suggested that he has no problem with the proposed job-sharing between Ireland and Aston Villa. What he would like to avoid, however, is a situation where both parties are involved in a discussion that drags on for the entire summer. As a result, the Ireland manager has told his assistant that he wants details of how both roles can be managed by July 31st. When asked about the progress of a deal between Keane and Villa, O'Neill said:

I want to be careful about jumping the gun because we had him signed, sealed and delivered to Celtic and that did not materialise. I don’t really know if this (becoming assistant manager at Aston Villa) is something that he is going to have a serious look at. But if he is then I will definitely speak (again) to Paul Lambert – and see if that kind of role can be combined.

The Ireland boss then showed his support for the idea:

One thing I want to establish is what sort of in-depth conversations have gone on. I have spoken to Paul Lambert. Paul has spoken to Roy about the possibility of it happening. Nothing definitive has happened and I don’t really know what sort of commitment (the Villa position) would entail. If he is actually a full-blooded assistant then that is something to consider.

And on the time-frame for these discussions taking place, O'Neill continued:

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I don’t mind it (speculation) going on for a week or two. Celtic wanted something in place as they have games coming up quite soon. And I assume Aston Villa will want to get something in place by the time they start pre-season. I don't want it to be continued right through until August time.

It will be interesting to see now how discussions between Roy Keane and Aston Villa progress.

via The Independent.

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