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Report: Robbie Keane Linked With Return To Irish Setup As U21 Manager

Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane could be in line for a return to the international set-up following reports linking him with the managerial role at the U21s.

Keane, who retired from international duty in 2016, had recently taken up the role as player-manager with Indian Super League club ATK, but left at the end of the season to consider his options.

One of these options, according to the Irish Independent’s Daniel McDonnell, could be the Irish U21s job with a number of reports suggesting that current manager Noel King, who is also head of recruitment, may leave the coaching role next week.

This comes on top of the news reported last week in the Irish Sun that the FAI were looking to get Keane on board with the U21s amidst a host of changes to the management team.

They also report that the former Spurs striker is set to begin his Pro Licence this winter and is very keen to get involved in the underage setup.

Keane has been an incredible servant to Irish football and unquestionably one of the country’s finest ever players scoring 68 goals in 146 games for the Boys in Green over a 19-year international career.

His appointment would likely be a popular one among Irish fans and there’s no question that football in the country as a whole could do with Keane passing on his goalscoring magic to a number of underage prospects.

Current manager, Noel King has been with the U21s for eight years and is also the head of recruitment so will likely still be involved in the Irish setup regardless of whether he is relieved of his coaching duties or not.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com