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Paul Lambert: I'll stand by Roy


Paul Lambert and Roy keane

Paul Lambert and Roy keane

Paul Lambert and Roy keane

PAUL Lambert faced down another volley of questions about Roy Keane's future plans for the future and once again shrugged aside suggestions that his number two won't be long at Villa Park.

Keane's comments in his book and a range of promotional interviews suggested that Villa would be first off the plank if the task of juggling roles was reflected in a three-game losing run from Ireland.

But Lambert has no issue with anything his assistant has said.

"Ireland have just taken a point from the world champions so I don't see them losing three in a row anyway," he said.

"I think that's been blown well out of proportion. It made me laugh when I saw what some people were saying about his comments.

"I knew a lot of what was going in the book so there's no problem. None whatsoever.

"It made me laugh. Listen, the two of us had a right good laugh about it, along with the other staff members. We still do."

Lambert backed Keane completely on his decision to ignore Jose Mourinho's outstretched hand.

"My thoughts are exactly the same as Roy's on them. The game had not even finished.

"I don't think it was right It's not the way I was brought up. I just think it was wrong."