The announcement that Roy Keane will ‘double up’ as assistant boss to both Martin O’Neill in the Republic of Ireland set-up and Paul Lambert at Premiership club Aston Villa is a ‘win, win’ situation for the Cork man and the Irish boss.
Keane is desperate to get back into the Premiership and O’Neill will surely hope this move will take away some of the media circus effect of Keane’s role in the Ireland camp.
Ireland training camps and press conferences these days tend to be all about Keane who has tried his best to be professional in his role but the media have an incredible appetite for ‘Keano’ stories.
Martin O’Neill has recently introduced Steve Walford and Steve Guppy into the Ireland set-up to alter the existing dynamic between him and Keane.
I believe O’Neill understands the media fascination with the Cork man but knows it doesn’t ultimately help prepare teams for international games.
Paul Lambert will find out the effect of the ‘Keano’ factor fairly quickly and it remains to be seen whether his gamble on the Irish man pays off.