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Robbie Keane. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Robbie Keane. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Robbie Keane. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The FAI will steer clear of public comment on Robbie Keane's position before resolving the future of the country's record goalscorer. Further talks will be required to deliver clarity on where the 39-year-old stands, given that he will not be in Stephen Kenny's coaching team.

Keane is under contract for a further two years due to an arrangement brokered by ex-CEO John Delaney, with Ireland legend Liam Brady - an assistant coach under Giovanni Trapattoni - calling for a swift resolution to a 'mess' inherited by the new FAI.

Both the FAI and Keane's representatives refused to comment yesterday. Interim CEO Gary Owens suggested in radio interviews on Sunday that the FAI had an open mind on what role Keane 'may or may not play' going forward.

The Tallaght man was deeply unhappy to be in the dark about developments over the weekend in the aftermath of Mick McCarthy's departure.

The FAI are therefore facing into a situation where a settlement may have to be worked out and central to that will be the terms of Keane's deal.

Kenny was due to field press queries by conference call yesterday, but it was postponed until a later date.

Brady sympathised with the FAI board's position. "This is the mess that people inherited," he said, "It would be best for everybody if it could be agreed quickly."