Report: LA Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane being eyed as potential Los Angeles FC coach

Robbie Keane

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool striker has made it known that he is open to going into management once he hangs up his boots.

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane has made no secret about his desire to eventually go into coaching, and one particular club is said to be interested in his services when the time comes for him to move from the pitch to the sidelines.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC, who are not set to begin play until the 2018 season, have already started looking at potential managerial candidates and Keane is a possible option after developing a strong friendship with club president Tom Penn.

The 35-year-old Irishman is currently taking his coaching badges and revealed last February that he was close to getting his UEFA A License, which is the second highest pro coaching license that one can attain before coaching in Europe.

“I was testing the water at the start. Like anything, you don’t really know until you give it a go,” he told Galaxy’s official website. “I gave it a go and I realized that this was for me. I like talking to players on the field and helping them.

“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.

“You know that the most important thing about training sessions is keeping players interested and having them enjoying themselves.”

In addition, the Galaxy skipper also said as recently as Thursday that he would be interested in joining the Republic of Ireland’s coaching staff at some point in the future, telling Sky Sports: "I am going to play as long as I can but certainly if something came up in the future, to be involved somewhere, as an assistant manager or as a manager maybe further down the road, it is certainly something I would be very, very interested in."

For now, though, Keane has no reason to think about retirement given his ongoing goalscoring exploits in MLS.

Originally joining the Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, the Designated Player has since hit 73 goals in 108 regular season appearances, while also winning the league’s MVP award last term after recording 19 goals and 14 assists to help his side clinch a third MLS Cup title in four campaigns.

Bruce Arena's men ultimately failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs in 2015, despite the summer signings of Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos, but Keane himself still finished on a tear, scoring 17 times in his last 15 games after recovering from a nagging hamstring problem.

Having signed a multi-year contract extension in June, the ex-Liverpool man likely has a few more good seasons left in him, but once he does hang up his boots it sounds like he might not have to move far – if at all – for his next job.

Galaxy fans would certainly not take too kindly to him taking over their future city rivals, but while much could change between now and 2018, LAFC’s affluent owners have the resources to make the move more than worth his while.

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