Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has left his role as Aston Villa assistant manager with immediate effect.
Keane, a former Republic Of Ireland international is currently assistant manager of his native country, but it's believed that the former Ipswich and Sunderland manager was struggling to combine both roles.
When the 43-year-old arrived in July, initially Aston Villa were doing well in the Premier League with a sequence of three wins and a draw in the opening games of the 2-14/15 campaign.
It appeared the coaching combination of Paul Lambert and Keane was a dream partnership - but a bad sequence of results has seen the Villains win only once in nine games.
Many could argue the timing of Keane's departure isn't ideal, especially since the Midland side were only two points above the relegation zone prior to Saturday's 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Burnley at Turf Moor.
The departure of Keane has capped off a miserable few months for Aston Villa who were also beaten by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup back in August.
The full reasons to this departure will never be known, it's claimed in some quarters that there was a break down of relationship between Lambert and Keane, it's difficult to say what the exact reason is.
The official line from Lambert and the club is that Roy Keane left due to the difficulties of combining the roles at Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa, and the lack of time he is able to spend with his young family.
Aston Villa will be looking to fill the assistant manager vacancy as soon as possible as they need as few distractions of the pitch as possible.
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