Robbie Keane left furious after new Ireland manager Stephen Kenny SNUBS him for coaching role despite having FAI contract with record scorer now negotiating payoff
- Stephen Kenny replaced Mick McCarthy as Ireland manager on Saturday
- Robbie Keane was part of McCarthy’s backroom staff and assumed he’d stay on
- But Kenny has opted to bring in Keith Andrews as assistant and Damien Duff
- Keane’s wife Claudine has called on FAI to show Keane the ‘respect’ he deserves
A furious Robbie Keane is set to negotiate a payoff from his role with Republic of Ireland after being snubbed by new manager Stephen Kenny.
The country’s record goalscorer – who has two years to run on his £220,000-a-year contract – had assumed he would be part of Kenny’s coaching staff having served under Mick McCarthy since November, 2018.
But Kenny does not want Keane among his backroom team and has instead appointed Keith Andrews as assistant with Damien Duff third in command. Keane was not even offered an Under-21s role.
Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane won’t be part of Stephen Kenny’s backroom staff
New Ireland manager Kenny has instead appointed Keith Andrews and Damien Duff
Andrews (L) will be Ireland’s new assistant manager while Duff (R) will be third in command
The nature of the omission has angered Keane and his wife, Claudine, has called for the FAI to show the former star the ‘respect’ he deserves.
The 39-year-old has been left in the cold by Kenny but talks are now taking place to reach an agreement that is likely to see him leave with financial compensation.
Keane will now negotiate a payoff from his role and is keen to leave on good terms with the FAI
Keane is currently No.2 to Jonathan Woodgate at Middlesbrough and told Sportsmail in an interview last year that one day he wants to step up and become a manager.
Given that he would also like to lead his country in the future, he is said to be keen to leave on good terms with the FAI.
An ambassadorial role has also been suggested as part of the talks.
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