This is a move that will at least give neutrals a reason to keep an eye on Villa, but one that has potential for fireworks and controversy. Keane seemed enthused by the appointment:
"I am delighted to be joining Aston Villa and I look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge," Keane said.
"I am grateful to both Villa and the Football Association of Ireland for making this happen and I would like also to thank Martin O'Neill.
"I am relishing the prospect of linking up with Paul Lambert and combining both roles to the full advantage of both Villa and Ireland".
Lambert also suggested Keane will have a lot to offer:
"All of that experience and knowledge along with the qualities he has as a longstanding, leading professional in the game means he will bring a lot to the table. We're delighted to have him here."
Here at 7500 to Holte a couple of us had previously intimated that hiring Keane wouldn’t be the best step forward for Villa (see here and here). But hey, that's just us. We want to know what you think. Are you happy with the appointment? Do you think Keane will be a success?