Monday 19 August 2019

'What the f***? I'm not a clown. I'm not here to entertain people' - Robbie Keane in explosive interview

Former Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane
Former Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Ireland's record goal scorer Robbie Keane wants to focus on his managerial capabilities and not tales from his playing career as he prepares for his new role as Jonathan Woodgate's assistant at Middlesbrough.

In a no-nonsense interview in the Daily Mail, Keane shot down a series of questions, insisting he 'is no clown' and refused to be drawn into 'crap questions'.

"What the f***? I'm not a clown. I'm not here to entertain people," said Keane when asked about previous incidents where he took up the mic to sing and entertain crowds.

"What's singing got to do with me being a coach?"

Handout photo dated 14/06/2019 provided by Middlesbrough FC of Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate (Head Coach), Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne during a photocall. Tom Banks/MFC/PA Wire.
Handout photo dated 14/06/2019 provided by Middlesbrough FC of Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate (Head Coach), Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne during a photocall. Tom Banks/MFC/PA Wire.

"I like a laugh and joke," he added. "We don't want people coming in here as miserable f***s. We want them to be happy, but for it to be done properly. It's a serious job we're doing."

The story about Keane hiring a private jet to take the Tottenham squad to Dublin for a Christmas party was then brought up.

"I'm not answering these stupid questions," said Keane. "If you want to talk about me being here, no problem. But I'm not getting into c**p questions like that.

"I'm not interested. Why talk about that? This isn't about that. It's about me being at Middlesbrough. Anyway, do you know the full story?"

In a wide-ranging interview, Keane then talks about what he will bring to the Boro set-up. The Tallaght man, who has always been a strong advocate of kids getting out and kicking a ball, added: "And that's all of them, with their PlayStations. I would certainly encourage young kids to get out, between 10 and 14 especially.

"They should be getting 500 touches a week on the ball. They don't need parents or friends to do that. Get out and play with the football, kick it against the wall, keeping it up, trying tricks."

Keane, who it seems has Jason Bourne-like instincts, refused to be drawn in on Mick v Roy and Saipan and also touches on his time at Liverpool in an explosive interview.

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