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Report: Robbie Keane a Contender To Be Next Hull City Manager

Report: Robbie Keane a Contender To Be Next Hull City Manager
By Oisin Gaffey
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Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane is currently being linked with the managerial position available at Hull City. Following his absence from the Republic of Ireland setup, the 42-year-old has reportedlt expressed his interest in the job.

Following Shota Arveladze's sacking on Thursday, Hull City are on the hunt for a new manager. Arveladze's exit left Hull without a manager for their match against Luton Town on Friday, which they lost 2-0. It is understood that they will go into Wednesday night's match against Wigan with caretaker manager Andy Dawson at the reigns before looking to make a permanent appointment by the weekend.

Hull City looking for a new manager

Carlos Carvalhal, former Sheffield Wednesday boss, was the favourite to take over from Arveladze, but has since been ruled out by Turkish owner Acun Ilicali. Speaking to Hull Live, Ilicali has stated the club are 'in contact with many candidates at the moment'.

Names linked to the vacancy include former Burnley manager Sean Dyche, former Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins, former Middlesborough manager and recently unemployed manager Chris Wilder and Carlos Corberan. Interestingly, Barry Cooper, who reports on Hull City for the Hull Daily Mail, gives reasons why Dyche, Wilder and Corberan won't receive the job.

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He describes Keane as someone who is 'interested' in the role.

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The Republic of Ireland's top goalscorer Robbie Keane has expressed his interest in the Hull City managerial role, and whilst his appointment is looking unlikely, nothing has been confirmed. After retiring from playing football in 2018, Keane took up the position of assistant manager to Mick McCarthy in the Republic of Ireland job.

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Mick McCarthy's second spell as manager lasted just ten games, with the veteran manager stepping down following the Covid outbreak in 2020. McCarthy and his backroom team, Keane included, recorded 5 wins, 4 draws and just one loss during their time. In 2020 they were replaced by Stephen Kenny's team, sparking major contract controversy.

In 2019, Robbie Keane accepted the role of sssistant manager at Middlsbrough alongside former teammate Jonathan Woodgate. The pair both left the club after just one year, with Middlesbrough narrowly avoiding relegation to League One by goal difference.

Keane's €250,000 per annum contract with the FAI to be an assistant coach for the senior team expired last summer.

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Whether Keane will get the job or not remains to be seen, but it would certainly be a huge step in his managerial career if he was to be appointed. Taking over a struggling Hull City side 11 games into the season would be a challenging task for any manager, let alone one with little experience.

Hull are 20th in the Championship table.

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