Robbie Keane on Coaching

Robbie Keane has expressed a desire to be a future Ireland manager and he’s already begun the journey to attaining his coaching badges, while revealing that Robbie Junior is on his way to following in daddy’s footsteps.

Speaking at the launch of Three’s 4G service, Ireland’s captain and record goalscorer described life on the other side of the white line as a “learning curve.” A number of Irish internationals have begun coaching courses here, a programme that Keane has been key to developing.

140120_M1_164Alan Quinn, John O’Shea, Andy Keogh, Keith Andrews, Gary Kelly, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane, Glenn Whelan and Kevin Foley have all started studies towards becoming qualified coaches.

According to, the association currently has eight qualified UEFA Pro licence holders, 58 UEFA A licence holders and a further 22 B licence holders. Among the players who have availed of courses run in Ireland are Alan Kelly, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman, Michel Salgado, and Colin Healy.

Keane began the road to earning his badges at courses in Carlow and Dublin in recent weeks and revealed that his own son Robert already has a love for the game instilled by his famous father.

“The guys I work with on the course are between 18 to 21, but I have my own son who is four-years-old, and everyday he wants to play football. It’s a little bit different teaching a four-year-old than teaching 18-year-olds. Mind you, sometimes the four-year-old has more sense than the 18-year-olds.”

Video: threeireland

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