Why is Roy Keane's departure great news for Aston Villa?

The Republic of Ireland assistant's absence should help things get back to normal at Villa Park.

This morning Aston Villa announced that Roy Keane had stepped down from his role as assistant coach at Aston Villa. He cited his commitments as assistant for the Republic of Ireland as the reason why he was on his way out of the club.

He said of his decision:

"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."

It is a fair reason and most Villa fans will wish him luck in the future. But while Keane was credited with much of the good work done at Villa in the summer his departure may be good news for the club.

Keane is unfortunately a beacon for news. He doesn't help himself either. Controversial statements in autobiographies and press conferences don't help. His meme friendly beard and past life as a pundit also draw attention.

At times it was easy to forget that Paul Lambert was in fact the Aston Villa manager as Keane was always the main attraction.

The fact is that Keane, at times, made Aston Villa a side attraction and that is not something a player or manager should be doing, let alone a number two.

No man is bigger than the club and now Keane is gone Aston Villa can go back to being the stars of the show.

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