Robbie Keane shares first thing he discussed with Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson

Dublin , Ireland - 10 June 2019; Republic of Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane prior to the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar at Aviva...

Boro are looking to make backroom appointments and Republic of Ireland coach Robbie Keane is in the running to become assistant manager.

Dublin , Ireland - 10 June 2019; Republic of Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane prior to the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar at Aviva...

Middlesbrough coaching target Robbie Keane has shared the first thing he "nailed down" with chairman Steve Gibson regarding the prospect of joining the Championship club's backroom staff.

Jonathan Woodgate looks set to become Boro manager, while the former Republic of Ireland captain is still thinking about the offer of becoming assistant manager, which Eir Sport claims he will be looking to decide on by the end of the week.

 

Keane admits to being excited about the prospect of joining the Teesside club and has confirmed that he will continue as Republic of Ireland's assistant if he accepted the offer, though he stressed he did not want to rush any decision and that he would be speaking about it with his family.

"It was the first thing I nailed down with Boro chairman Steve Gibson yesterday when I met him - that if I go in with Jonathan Woodgate, I can stay with Ireland," Keane is quoted by Eir Sport as saying. "I've to talk about it with my family, that's the big thing now. The last few days have been such a whirlwind, with the Ireland games, I've now got to sit down and think about it and it is up to me if I want to do it."

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson from the stand during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Bristol City at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Tuesday 2nd April...

"I don't want to rush this decision and don't want to rush my management career either, so I have to think about this. So I've taken his words to heart and now I've a big decision to make, but it won't affect Ireland, that's for sure. If the FAI or Mick McCarthy had an issue with me considering this job, I'd just have said 'thanks but no' to Middlesbrough."

According to Teesside Live, other coaches are also understood to be in contention and in talks with club chiefs as Boro look to fill a number of vacancies after the exit of several staff at the end of last season.

The outlet notes that Curtis Fleming, Jonathan Gould, Tim Exeter and Carl Blakemore have left the Riverside Stadium, as did Under-23 boss Paul Stephenson, but the process to appoint a replacement for the latter is reportedly separate to that of hiring first-team coaches.

A general view of the Riverside during the npower Championship match between Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers at Riverside Stadium on April 17, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England.

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