Noel King: I would love to see Robbie Keane in a coaching role

After the LA Galaxy striker expressed his interest in coaching, the Republic of Ireland under-21 boss has opined that it would be a positive move
Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King has said that he would 'love' to see Robbie Keane get involved with Irish teams in a coaching capacity.

The LA Galaxy striker recently indicated his belief that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) needed to replicate the integration of former professionals into coaching roles, as exhibited by the Football Association (FA).

Everton defender Phil Neville, for example, was recently elevated to a position with the England under-21 team after undertaking coaching courses, while his brother, Gary Neville was deployed in a similar role with the senior England team.

However, despite admitting that he would like to see the Irish captain eventually involved with coaching representative teams of the FAI, King warned that it 'takes time' for players to make the transition into coaching.

"I would love to see Robbie Keane on the FAI's coaching courses and eventually get involved with the teams," King told the Irish Examiner.

"It takes times for that transition though. "I've found players coming onto these courses for the first time are amazed at the amount of work involved. There is a huge difference between playing and coaching."

Meanwhile, the FAI Disciplinary Control Unit has asked for further clarification over alleged racism during an Airtricity Premier Division game between UCD and Sligo Rovers on Monday, April 1, according to a report in the Irish Independent.

Sligo Rovers striker Anthony Elding, 30, complained that he was the victim of racist abuse during the game at the UCD Bowl and referee David McKeown was made aware of the complaint, noting it in a report submitted to league authorities.

The FAI will await further information before making a decision on what course of action is necessary.