Keane says he will quit role at Villa if Republic of Ireland's form drops

Roy Keane Signing Autographs as Man Utd player

Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane admits he will leave the club if the Republic of Ireland's form dips.

Roy Keane says that he will leave Aston Villa if the Republic of Ireland's form drops during their European qualifying campaign.

So far, Ireland have been in good form in their opening matches for Euro 2016, after picking up victories against Georgia and Gibraltar, but Keane says if the standard of their performances drops he will have to start spending more time with his international team.

Keane works as a number two at Villa and Ireland, but his national team appears to take precedence and he will only continue working with Paul Lambert if things keep going smoothly with his nation. 

“I feel that if I am taking my eye off the ball with Ireland, then I will leave Aston Villa," the Birmingham Mail quote him as saying.

“There is no doubt about that. I have told Paul Lambert that, told Martin that and told the FAI that.

“But at the moment, it is OK. If we lose three or four on the spin (with Ireland), then I will leave Villa.

“But I’m still getting to games, I am on the training pitch at Villa, improving and am working with Irish lads like young Jack Grealish.

“The guilt would kill me if I thought ‘I am on a cushy one here’. I couldn’t work that way.

“I said before that you could do only one job, but I said that because I was only in the Ireland job a short period of time.

“I didn’t just jump into it with Villa. I sat down with Paul Lambert, had a think, and sat down Martin and the FAI and thought, I can adapt to this.

“It felt like a full-time job, but, having been in the Ireland job a while, I felt I could manage to do both.”

At the moment, both jobs seem to be working out well, though, and Keane will be hoping to juggle his commitments effectively as the season progresses.

Villa are in the top half of the table after an impressive start to their Premier League campaign and a number of the team have complemented Keane on the impact that he has made.

Although he holds ambitions of becoming a manager once again, he seems to have adapted well to his new role and Villa are getting the benefits.

The Claret and Blue were tipped as potential relegation strugglers at the start of the season, but they have shown they ability to far surpass those expectations already and they will now be aiming to build on their encouraging opening after the international break. 

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch