The Republic of Ireland’s top goalscorer, Robbie Keane, has revealed his ambition to be a manager at the highest level as he prepares to take on a role in Mick McCarthy’s backroom team.
Robbie Keane made an appearance on Eamon Dunphy’s ‘Paddy Power’s Head2 Head’, which will air tonight, during which he discussed his distinguished career and his plans for the future. The 38-year-old was clearly passionate when chatting about his love for his country and his determination to remain involved, albeit, in a very different role.
“I played for certainly many a club but the jersey that fitted the best was the green jersey, it’s a simple as that”.
“Being Irish is something especially, honestly. The people are great, playing for your country is the best thing that could ever happen. Not many people win things, win World Cups but we had the spirit that no other team have had.”
“I look back with great pride and something that I will take with me is the grave, forget about all the other teams, all the goals I scored, putting that jersey on was something special.”
Last month it was announced that Keane would be part of McCarthy’s coaching staff as he prepares to manage the Republic of Ireland for a second term. During his unveiling, the 59-year-old revealed that Keane asked him personally, to be considered for a role with the team.
Discussing his move into coaching and management, the record goalscorer explained that he wants to remain active and involved with football, as opposed to turning to a career in punditry or to a more relaxed lifestyle.
“Of course”, he replied when asked if his ambition is to become Ireland manager, “I’ve been doing my coaching badges so of course, that’s the avenue that I want to go down.”
I don’t want to be one of these players who becomes fat, drinking and playing golf all the time and think, ‘my life is fine’. I want to do stuff, I want to be active. I always want to be active, going training and being buzzy. I’m even more enthusiastic now than I was when I was young because I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Robbie Keane will follow a number of former star players who have made the transition into management, including Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and although the business is more cut-throat than ever, he insists that coaching is where his future lies.
“You have to go into it with open eyes. I don’t have any fear.”
“I do a bit of TV work, I don’t mind it, it keeps you in the game a little bit but I want to go down the other route and that’s coaching. It doesn’t matter how successful you are as a player, look at Lampard, people outside probably think, ‘he’d walk into the Chelsea job tomorrow’. It doesn’t work like that, you have to earn it.”