It’s been pretty much confirmed that Roy Keane will not be going to the World Cup with ITV.
And if you read the following quote from an ITV spokesman, it’s also pretty obvious that he isn’t going to be a pundit at all in the near future, at least;
“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,” “We wish him every success for the future.”
Hence, there’s every chance that he will be coming to the Villa.
So what do we think of this?
Well, to be honest I’m not impressed at the thought.
While I think Keane was an absolutely fantastic player (I even remember calling for the Villa to sign him before Man Utd got him), I don’t rate him at all as a good man manager, which is surely what is needed for an assistant?
He’s always given the impression that he relates to other people in the same way as he played his football; hard. But unlike as a player, without any finesse or skill.
In other words, a bit of a bully.
Which makes this seem a very strange addition to the staff, given that the previous assistants were sacked after accusations of bullying?
Unless of course, it’s so Lambert can play “good cop, bad cop?
Except I don’t really see that being the case.
And then there’s the timing of it all.
What will Keane want in wages? I don’t know, but I doubt he’ll come cheap.
So why would Randy Lerner be willing to shell out, when he could just get some lesser known (and hence cheaper) coach in? At least that would fit the pattern of what’s been going on lately.