Keane wants to manage Republic of Ireland

Updated: February 12, 2013
Robbie  Keane  in  lighter  mood

Irish striker Robbie Keane has admitted that he hopes to one day manage his country.

Keane initially made the remarks in an interview with AP and this afternoon ESPN have followed up on the story. Keane spoke of his desire to learn the trade at club level and proving his worth before one day making his mark at the international level. Keane told AP: “Of course, that’s my next step.

I’m going to get my coaching badges. I’d like to be a coach first and kind of learn the ropes and then definitely want to be a manager.”

He went on to make a bold statement claiming that there aren’t too many Irish managers out there: “At the moment, there are no Irish managers. Pat Fenlon has done very well at Hibernian. He just came from the Irish League. He’s doing very, very well. Apart from that, there’s Mick McCarthy obviously. He’s always going to be in the running to get the next job because I think he’s well respected by everybody.

There’s not many former players that are managers, coaches at the moment. We need to do something about that.”

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