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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert frustrated by Roy Keane exit reports

Paul Lambert has branded reports suggesting that Roy Keane left Aston Villa due to dressing room unrest as 'absolute nonsense'.

Few could have predicted that Roy Keane would walk out on Aston Villa less than five months after joining the cub as assistant to manger Paul Lambert.

He has gone, though, and the fallout from a short-lived spell has produced some rather dramatic headlines.

It has been suggested that Keane created a ‘poisonous atmosphere’ at the training ground, which led to him falling out with certain members of the first-team squad.

With his position having become untenable, it was said that he jumped before he was pushed.

There is, however, no substance to such reports, according to Lambert.

He has been left bemused by talk of internal unrest, with the Scot claiming Keane’s decision to leave was driven purely by his desire to commit fully to his duties with the Republic of Ireland squad.

Lambert said in the Birmingham Mail: "There were no issues whatsoever.

"I spoke to Roy this morning and last night and had a chat. The guy is run off his feet with Irish commitments so I respected that.

"For me it was absolute nonsense in what's been written about him. I find it bizarre. The guy was great for me and great for everyone at the football club.

"He's got a lot of commitments with the Irish national team and I've got nothing but thanks for Roy for coming in. There wasn't even any bad words or anything – that's the disappointing thing."

Keane decided to combine his commitments alongside Martin O’Neill with Ireland when accepting the Villa post.

He was, however, part of the set-up during a dismal Premier League run and has seen fortunes at Villa Park improve in the wake of his departure.

Lambert is yet to bring in a replacement, with Scott Marshall offering assistance as first-team coach.

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