Roy Keane Aston Villa Assistant Manager by July 7th?
The return of Aston Villa players to preseason training on July 7th will start to herald answers to the many questions that hover over Villa Park. Of course there’s the matter of the a new owner, but as MOMS has said repeatedly, expect that one to be a slow burner. They’ll be the matter of key contracts that need to be renewed as in the case of Fabian Delph, Gabby Agbonlahor and Ron Vlaar’s, although expect Vlaar to be granted extended leave due to his World Cup effort. Hopefully, he’ll return to Villa Park!
There’s still the whole summer to address those contractual matters though, a more pressing concern is who will be Paul Lambert’s assistant manager? It would be foolish and somewhat lazy to start a preseason without your assistant manager in place, thus it’s pure common sense to expect Roy Keane to be confirmed next week after the Irishman dots the i’s and crosses the t’s with Villa. If he’s not in place by July 7th, then it’s unlikely he’ll come to Villa at all.
We’ve already discussed the Roy Keane Villa situation in terms of what he brings to the club, in what seems to be an interim measure while the ownership situation resolves itself. One additional role that may befall on Keane is getting the best out of the returning ‘Bomb Squad’, if the likes of Darren Bent, Charles N’Zogbia and Alan Hutton are on the playing staff come the start of the season. Obviously relations are not going to be 100% between those players and Lambert, no matter what PR posturing the club does to try to convince supporters they are happy campers.
With the news of Darren Bent in talks with Trabzonsporv though, it’s apparent that the Bomb Squad members would prefer to play elsewhere than under Lambert again. But if they don’t find passage out of Villa Park, Keane being around should definitely help matters. UTV