Paul Lambert says he chose Roy Keane to be his assistant manager at Aston Villa, because he was ‘too good’ to be a TV pundit, reports the Birmingham Mail.
Villa have made a superb start to the season, and currently sit second in the Premier League table.
The highlight of their season came last week at Anfield, when a Gabriel Agbonlahor strike was enough to earn the Villains a 1-0 victory.
Lambert and the former Manchester United captain appear to have hit it off on the touchline, and ahead of their clash with Arsenal today, the Scot insists he was always confident it was a partnership that would work.
“The two of us are really strong characters,” he said.
“I knew he had a lot of football knowledge that was unfairly tarnished.
“His knowledge meant he was too good to be a TV pundit.
“To get him back in the game was great.
“I love working with him, we have a laugh as well as working hard.
“Not everything is serious. I beat him at the crossbar challenge nearly every day, you know!
“When I was thinking about people to bring in, I know it probably raised a few eyebrows.
“‘How’s that going to work?’ Nobody sees the logic in it.
“I just knew in my gut feeling it would work.
“Alright there would be times when we don’t win games but we’ll never break anything.
“He’s been great round about the place, with the staff and the lads.
“I don’t think he’s the big bad guy out there that everyone thinks.
“He’s somebody I know I can rely on. I never had any doubts.
“He was the first port of call when I knew I had to get somebody in.”