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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Keane earns first win as boss

The club's ambitious owners may try and persuade Keane to stay on for next season.
The club's ambitious owners may try and persuade Keane to stay on for next season.

Robbie Keane will assess his options after he enjoyed a winning start to his brief career in management in India.

The former Ireland captain was appointed caretaker manager by Atletico de Kolkata for the final game of the Indian Super League season and Keane (37) did the needful by scoring the only goal of the game, a win which meant that ATK did not finish bottom of the table after a disastrous campaign.

That was the last game in a turbulent season for ATK, who sacked previous boss Terry Sheringham last month.

Fellow Englishman Ashley Westwood then took over but six losses in seven games forced the club's owners to make another change, and Keane was handed the reins for the final game of the season, yesterday's win over North East United.

Keane only joined ATK last August, after a spell without a club, and his contract, which made him one of the best-paid players in the Indian Super League, has ended.

But the club's ambitious owners may try and persuade Keane to stay on for next season.

The Dubliner scored six goals in nine starts for Kolkata in an injury-scarred season and he could be tempted by the offer of a player/coach role for next term.

Keane had planned to work on his coaching badges over the next few months and add the UEFA pro-licence to his qualifications. The former Ireland captain had been working on his A-licence on an FAI course in Dublin.

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