Roy Keane is relishing the challenge of combining the Barclays Premier League with international football after being confirmed as Aston Villa's new assistant manager.

The 42-year-old, who is also No.2 to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, will work alongside Paul Lambert as the pair attempt to revive Villa's fortunes after a difficult last campaign.

"I am relishing the prospect of linking up with Paul Lambert and combining both roles to the full advantage of both Villa and Ireland," said Keane.

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Lambert's staff was ripped apart earlier this year when his assistant Ian Culverhouse and football operations manager Gary Karsa were suspended and then sacked for unspecified disciplinary reasons.