Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists that Roy Keane's comments about quitting the club have been blown out of proportion.
Keane, who is Lambert's second in command at Villa Park, said he would resign from his position at the Midlands outfit if the Republic of Ireland's form dipped in midweek.
Keane also has a role as assistant for his nation and seemed to suggest that this role was the one which would take precedence.
However, Lambert is adamant that this comments have been exaggerated and he thinks that it is unlikely Ireland will lose a run of games, in any case.
"I think that's been blown well out of proportion," the Scottish boss said to the Belfast Telegraph.
"I don't see the Republic of 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."
Keane and Lambert have made a good team so far at Villa Park, meaning the loss of the former Manchester United midfielder would be a big blow, if it did happen.
Many of the current Villa squad have praised the influence that Keane has had since arriving on the training ground and his experience appears to have been key.
The Claret and Blue have started the campaign well, climbing into the top half of the table and picking up some credible results.
They return to action after the international break tomorrow, when they face Everton.