Saturday 17 August 2019

Keane bound for Boro role

Robbie Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Keane. Photo: Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Robbie Keane says he only took up the offer of working with Championship side Middlesbrough if he was also able to continue his role with the Republic of Ireland squad.

And Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has given his blessing to Keane's move to Boro and says he's "thrilled" for the Dubliner as he joins Jonathan Woodgate's coaching staff. The Championship club confirmed yesterday that Keane would take up the role as Woodgate's assistant, though the FAI confirmed that Keane would retain his coaching role with McCarthy's senior Ireland squad.

"I am thrilled for Robbie as he takes the next step in his path to becoming a top manager," McCarthy said. "He told me about it the minute he was offered the job and I told him that it was only a runner if he continued with Ireland.

"We are building for the future with this Ireland team and Robbie is a key part of that. He has made a big impression on the players and the staff already as my assistant coach and this new role will only improve him which works for Middlesbrough and, most importantly, for Ireland."

Keane said that keeping his FAI post was a deal-breaker. "This is a great opportunity for me on my pathway to a manager's job in the future and I am very excited about it. I am also grateful to the FAI and to Mick McCarthy for allowing me to take this role and to continue with Ireland."

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