Wednesday 13 December 2017

Keane disappointed at lack of Irish coaches

ROBBIE KEANE has expressed his "disappointment" at the lack of his former Ireland team-mates who have progressed into coaching and management and has called on the FAI to provide a pathway for recently retired players to become managers, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

Speaking before last night's clash with Sweden, the Ireland captain said that the association was not doing enough to help players make the next step into other levels of the game.

The LA Galaxy striker (above) said that it was something he would be interested in when he himself retires, citing the example of the English FA who have opened a new training centre at St George's Park and have recruited the likes of Gary and Phil Neville into the international set-up.

"I think we need to look, as a nation, at the future. You look at the amount of ex-players coaching at the moment and I find that very disappointing," he said.

"We need to look at what England are doing. Someone like Roy Hodgson and the FA are bringing the likes of the Nevilles through. Gary Neville has finished in the game, so they are bringing him through with the senior team. Phil Neville is doing the same with the U-21s.

"The FAI will have to look at that and bring in new coaches and managers. Look around the Premier League and the Championship, the only two I can think of off the top of my head are Mick McCarthy and Chris Hughton.

"There's a few coaching, Lee Carsley at Coventry, Curtis Fleming at Crystal Palace and apart from that ... We need to look at bringing ex-players who have finished in the game into coaching so there's a link between the player and manager and that would be a good thing for Irish football."

Irish Independent

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