Robbie Keane's Time In India Could Be Set For A Surprise Turn

Robbie Keane's Time In India Could Be Set For A Surprise Turn

Robbie Keane's time in India could be about to take an unexpected turn.

The former Ireland captain signed with ATK in August. Though, owing to an Achilles injury picked up in pre-season training, he did not make his debut for the club until December. Keane has made six appearances for ATK, scoring twice.

When the 37-year-old joined the club, his former Spurs teammate Teddy Sheringham was manager. Sheringham's time in charge came to an end last month when he was sacked by the club. Another Englishman, this time Ashley Westwood, took over on an interim basis.

However, due to Indian Super League rules, Westwood's lack of a serious managerial CV - he previously managed Kettering Town - meant that he could only take charge of ATK for three games. Those three games are now up - all ended in defeat.

According to Indian website Sportskeeda, ATK are now considering the possibility of naming Keane as manager with only five games remaining this season.


"We are trying to get things done with as little changes possible. At any rate, the team's performance has been poor, so we are trying to control the damage," a source told Sportskeeda.

Of course, Keane has even less managerial experience than Westwood.

There were reports during January that Keane could leave ATK to join actualy boyhood club Wolves and their bid for promotion to the Premier League. At the time it was said an early release from his contract in India could be secured. That turned out to not be the case.

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