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15 March 2019

Paul relishing reunion with Keane and 'gaffer' O'Neill as Forest come to town

Paul Lambert is looking forward to welcoming Roy Keane and the man he still calls ‘gaffer’ to Portman Road when  Town take on  Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Then Town boss played under Martin O’Neill for five years at Celtic and worked alongside Keane in their time together at Aston Villa, as well as going head to head in Champions League action as players.

Keane, who has been reunited with O’Neill at Forest after their five years together in charge of the Republic of Ireland, will be making his first return to Portman Road since leaving as Town boss in January 2011.         

“I played against Roy for Dortmund against Man United in the Champions League and he was a fantastic footballer,” Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

“We have a lot of respect between the two of us and have stayed in touch and I’m looking forward to seeing him.

“We had some laughs at Villa together. We had some good times there. He is unfairly spoken about sometimes because he’s a good guy. He’s a real football person, he loves the game - but he’s a good guy as well. It will be great to see him.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the gaffer as well. I still call him that, I probably will tomorrow!

“We had a fantastic five years with him in charge at Celtic. We needed someone like him to come in and galvanise the club and he did that. It was a special time in my career.

“I’ve got so much respect for him, not just for what he achieved as a manager but as a player as well.”

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