Matthew Lewis Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert with former assistant Roy Keane

Lambert plays down curious incident between Keane and Cleverley

The Villa boss jokes that he’s spoken with Keane more since he left than when he was actually his assistant.

ASTON VILLA MANAGER Paul Lambert has reiterated that there is no animosity between himself and former assistant Roy Keane.

Keane surprisingly resigned his post as Villa’s number two last month, citing he was having difficulty combining the position with his role as assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

Shortly after his departure Lambert scoffed at suggestions of a falling out with the former Manchester United captain.

Reports today, however, that Keane had confronted Tom Cleverley after his exit would appear to add fuel to the fire.

Lambert insists that the story of player dissatisfaction with Keane has been blown out of proportion. He also insists he has spoken to both Keane and Cleverley about the matter – which he claims should now be put to bed.

“I have spoken to Roy Keane, we are good pals. That will always be the same,” he said.

“He is concentrating on the Ireland thing. There is no problem there.

“I spoke to Tom this morning really briefly and he assures me that what is being portrayed is certainly not what happened. That was it, really.

“I’ve probably spoken about Roy more since he’s left than when he was here.

“I think you [should] give the guy a break. From the brief chat I had with Tom, it certainly wasn’t how it was portrayed.”

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