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FAI 'In Discussions' With Robbie Keane About Future Role

FAI 'In Discussions' With Robbie Keane About Future Role

There could yet be a place for Robbie Keane in Irish football.

It was confirmed on Sunday that Keith Andrews, Damien Duff and Alan Kelly will all be coaches in Stephen Kenny's management team.

There was no mention of Keane in the FAI's press release regarding the appointments. Ireland's record goalscorer had been a coach in the backroom team of previous manager Mick McCarthy.

However, speaking to RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday, interim FAI CEO Gary Owens said:

We're in discussions with Robbie and his agent about what role he might play.

I wouldn't rule him out. Robbie has been one of our best players ever, he would also have a lot to offer.

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When appointed as one of McCarthy's assistants in late 2018, Keane was handed a four-year deal with the FAI. That still leaves two years to go on his contract with the association.

It was also confirmed on Sunday that Jim Crawford will take over from Kenny as Ireland under-21 manager. He will be assisted by John O'Shea who is currently a coach with Reading.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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