Football | Robbie Keane joins ‘Boro as assistant manager

Football | Robbie Keane joins ‘Boro as assistant manager
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Robbie Keane has been named as Middlesbrough’s assistant manager.

The Championship club has confirmed that Keane will assume the role ahead of the 2019/20 season, serving as new manager Jonathan Woodgate’s number two.

Keane will retain his role in the Republic of Ireland setup, claiming earlier in the week that any contract with ‘Boro would allow him to remain as part of Mick McCarthy’s backroom team.

“Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team,” a club statement confirmed.

“Jonathan has been appointed as the club’s new head coach and has agreed a three-year contract.

“Our former captain will be joined by his ex-Leeds and Tottenham team-mate, and current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich, who was previously on the coaching staff at the club from 2013-2017, and one-time Boro man Danny Coyne, as goalkeeping coach.”

Woodgate – who represented Middlesbrough during his playing career – inherits the managerial reins from the departing Tony Pulis, and has signed a three-year deal with the club.

The former England international was part of Pulis’ coaching team, and made 112 appearances for the club as a player.

A fan favourite and former captain at the Riverside, Woodgate retired at ‘Boro in 2016 before immediately moving into a coaching role at the club.

However, Liam Rosenior has reportedly turned down a role on Woodgate’s new coaching staff.

‘Boro will be aiming to improve on last year’s seventh place finish, which saw them miss out on the play-off positions by a point.

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