Robbie Keane has had a somewhat mixed start to his coaching career.
His first role came at Indian club ATK, where he was promoted to player-manager during his stint in Asia. Since then, he has taken in assistant roles with Ireland and Middlesbrough.
Of course, there was some controversy surrounding his time with the Boys in Green. Brought in as a coach alongside Mick McCarthy, Keane was handed a four-year deal. However, Stephen Kenny opted not to keep him on after taking the job in 2020.
What followed was somewhat of a standoff between Ireland's record goalscorer and the FAI, as his salary continued to be paid despite not having a role within the association.
With that deal now expired, he has been on the hunt for a job in management.
Robbie Keane linked with EFL management role
The Dubliner has been mentioned as a possibility for a few roles in recent times and it now seems as though he is right in the mix for a vacant job in the EFL.
Sky Sports are reporting that Robbie Keane is one of the names being considered to become the next manager of Portsmouth.
BREAKING: Robbie Keane is one of the names being considered to be the next manager of Portsmouth. 🔵 pic.twitter.com/b5XnpVsoZn
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 8, 2023
Despite entering the season as one of the promotion favourites, Portsmouth currently sit in 13th place in League One. They sacked former manager Danny Cowley earlier this week and are now on the hunt for a replacement.
Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is currently seen as favourite for the position, with Lee Bowyer and Liam Manning also considered as possibilities.
Robbie Keane would be a more outside the box choice, having had very little experience as a manager. However, his CV at the top level as a player would likely be soon as a major bonus.
You'd imagine that Keane would be keen on the role, with Portsmouth one of the sleeping giants in English football. He would also link up once again with Ireland international Ronan Curtis.
It would be a fantastic opportunity.