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Roy Keane pulls out of ITV's World Cup coverage to focus on coaching

Published 03/06/2014 | 12:08

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

ITV have been dealt a major blow ahead of the World Cup next week with the news that Republic of Ireland assistant boss won't form part of their team.

The station has left the door open on Keane to return in the future and their parting is understood to have been very amicable.

He appeared at the ITV World Cup launch just a fortnight ago alongside fellow pundits Lee Dixon, Gus Poyet, Fabio Cannavaro and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill.

The Corkman's brutally honest assessments on their Champions League and International coverage have made the former Manchester United captain a hit.

“Roy has been a tremendous part of our pundit team in recent years, but we fully understand his decision to concentrate wholly on his coaching,” an ITV spokesperson told the Guardian.

“We wish him every success for the future.”

The news comes 24 hours after Keane withdrew from negotiations with Celtic over the vacant managerial position at Parkhead.

Keane has also held talks over becoming Paul Lambert's assistant at Aston Villa.

Keane held an informal meeting with Lambert last month with a view to replacing Ian Culverhouse, who was dismissed by the club following an internal investigation.

It is understood Lambert would be happy for Keane to continue in his role as number two to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill if he were to take the Villa role.

Keane is due to link back up with the Ireland squad in Dublin later today before flying out on Wednesday for their two-game tour of the United States.

Fans have been reacting to the news that Roy Keane won't be a part of ITV's World Cup coverage on twitter:

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