EMPICS Sport Paul Lambert has downplayed recent comments by Roy Keane.
Lambert confident Keane will remain at Villa despite book claims
In the recently published autobiography, The Second Half, Keane described the Ireland job as his “primary” role.

ASTON VILLA BOSS Paul Lambert is confident Roy Keane will remain at Aston Villa, despite claims in the assistant boss’ new autobiography casting doubt on his future at the club.

In the recently published autobiography, The Second Half, Keane described the Ireland job as his “primary” role, and suggested he would leave the Villa job if the Boys in Green lost three games in a row.

However, speaking to reporters today, Lambert played down the assistant boss’ comments, saying: ”I think that’s been blown well out of proportion.

“I don’t see Ireland losing three games anyway, so I don’t think I need to worry about that.

“It made me laugh when I saw what some people were saying about his comments.

“I knew a lot of what was going in the book so there’s no problem.”

Lambert also backed Keane’s recent criticism of Jose Mourinho, after the Portuguese manager tried to prematurely shake his hand towards the end of the Chelsea-Villa game.

“My thoughts are exactly the same as Roy’s on them.

“The game has not even finished.

“I just thought it was wrong. It’s not the way I was brought up.”

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