Former Manchester United legend Roy Keane has left Aston Villa’s assistant manager role with immediate effect. Keane became the assistant of Paul Lambert at the Villa Park in July. Keane is finding it difficult to combine it with a similar position he holds with the Republic of Ireland as Martin O’Neill’s assistant.

“Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much. It isn’t fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I’ve made this decision,” Keane said.

According to the club spokesperson, Keane has been finding it difficult to find enough time with his family. Villa manager Paul Lambert said that the club will fill the void left by Keane as soon as possible.

“Roy came to me this morning and he informed me that, ultimately, the difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I respect totally. In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving,” Lambert said.

Villa sit just two points above relegation zone and are travelling to Burnley this weekend.