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Thursday 22 August 2019

Keane contract raises questions

DIFFERENT DEAL: Republic of Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane (l) and manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
DIFFERENT DEAL: Republic of Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane (l) and manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Senior FAI officials Noel Mooney and Donal Conway will be pressed for details this week on how Stephen Kenny's succession as Ireland manager after Mick McCarthy will work, after Robbie Keane revealed that his own contract with the FAI is not tied to McCarthy.

Senior team boss McCarthy and U21 team manager Kenny are on their summer break after a busy spell on the international calendar, Kenny's U21s with a fourth-place finish at the Toulon tournament.

But Keane, who will keep on his role as Ireland coach under McCarthy despite landing the job last week as assistant manager with Middlesbrough, has stirred things up with his weekend comments about his own future in the FAI.

When Keane was announced as part of the coaching ticket under McCarthy for just one campaign, it was assumed that the deals of Keane and No2 Terry Connor ran out once Ireland's involvement in Euro 2020 was over, at which point Kenny will take over from McCarthy and appoint his own backroom staff. But Keane has now claimed that's not the case and his contract goes beyond McCarthy's term.

"It is for a few years. The FAI want me to stay on. My contract is longer than the manager's. They want me to hang on. I will be here. If they don't want me, no problem," Keane said.

FAI president Conway, who was on the board when the McCarthy/Kenny deal was announced last year, is due to speak to the media this week along with Mooney. The FAI's Governance Review Group will meet today to finalise a report due to be published on Friday.

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