Posted February 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
Robbie Keane would like to manage Ireland in the future. The 32-year-old forward, Ireland's captain and career scoring leader with 54 goals, has won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy and last month agreed to a contract through 2014. When he's done playing, he'd like to move into management. ''Of course, that's my next step,'' he said Monday during an interview with The Associated Press at Red Bull Arena. ''I'm going to get my coaching badges. I'd like to be a coach first and kind of learn the ropes and then definitely want to be a manager.'' Keane's international goals are more than double the 21 of Niall Quinn, who is second for Ireland. Keane's 122 international appearances are three shy of the Irish record, held by goalkeeper Shay Given. Ireland has been coached since 2008 by Giovanni Trapattoni. The Italian is only the second non-Irishman to lead the national team, following England's Jack Charlton from 1986-95. ''At the moment, there are no Irish managers,'' Keane said. ''Pat Fenlon has done very well at Hibernian. He just came from the Irish League. He's doing very, very well. Apart from that, there's Mick McCarthy obviously. He's always going to be in the running to get the next job because I think he's well respected by everybody. There's not many former players that are managers, coaches at the moment. We need to do something about that.'' Keane praised Trapattoni, whose team lost to Croatia, Spain and Italy at last year's European Championship ''He's doing a fantastic job. As long as he's there and wants to stay there, we're quite happy with that,'' he said. Ireland has opened qualifying for next year's World Cup with wins at Kazakhstan and the Faeroe Islands and a 6-1 home loss against Germany. Next month, the Irish are away to Sweden and host Austria. ''The next two games are very important,'' Keane said. ''Germany is going to win the group, I think it's obvious to see that. So it's up to us to try and finish second, which we've always done, always went into the playoff.''
PLAYERS: Robbie Keane
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cuban takes blame for ‘horrible mistake’ not firing Sneed sooner

Jocelyne Lamoureux wins gold medal with beautiful shootout goal

Lindsey Vonn unable to pull off miracle in slalom, does not medal in combined

Gregg Popovich does not expect Kawhi Leonard to return this season

Drew Brees reportedly to demand less than Jimmy Garoppolo on new deal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Louisville website selling shirts with Kevin Ware’s ‘rings’ quote

Polian changes stance on Manziel: ‘Cleveland got what they deserved’

Anthony Rizzo: 'Awesome' teams wearing Stoneman Douglas caps

MLB considering letting trailing team bat anyone in ninth?

Warriors to spend D.C. day with kids instead of at White House

LeBron James not a fan of NBA altering playoff format

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

25 best MLB players under 25

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

Offseason needs for every NFL team

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Top 30 NFL free agents

MLB's top 10 starting pitchers for 2018

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

MLB's top 10 catchers for 2018

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

25 best MLB players under 25

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

Offseason needs for every NFL team

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

The 'All muscle hamsters go to heaven' quiz

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

The 'James gang walks away with a win' quiz

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker