LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has told the club’s official website of his desire to eventually go into coaching.
Keane, 34, won his first MLS MVP award in 2014 after recording 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 regular-season games, before going on to net the extra-time clincher in December’s 2-1 MLS Cup win over the New England Revolution.
While he has no plans to retire at this point, and is even in discussions to extend his LA contract past the end of the 2015 season, the Irishman has revealed that he is in the middle of completing his UEFA A Licence course in preparation for a future on the sidelines.
“I’m enjoying it but it is something that I want to have while I’m still playing,” Keane said. “I don’t want to be one of these who when they’re finished playing, they get an opportunity right away and then are in the middle of doing their badges.
“That can only distract you from the job that you’re doing. If an opportunity does come along after I’m done playing then I [will] already have the badges and I can take the position if I want.
“I’ve got a lot to offer on the training field particularly in the sessions that I know that players like. When you’re a player yourself, you know what works for players,” he added. “You know that the most important thing about training sessions is keeping players interested and having them enjoying themselves.”
Keane has proven himself an invaluable import since arriving in the States from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, grabbing 53 goals and 35 assists in less than 100 matches, while helping lead LA to three championships in four seasons.
The MLS Cup holders are spending the first part of their preseason preparation in his native Dublin ahead of the start of the new campaign in March, and the Republic of Ireland’s all-time leader in both caps and goals has suggested that he could see himself leading his nation from the touchline at some point down the line.
“Maybe, one day,” he said. “It’s certainly something that I’d be interested in. I’m not interested in it at the start, to be honest with you, but a few years down the line. You don’t walk into jobs. First, you have to establish yourself first.”