Ex- Tottenham and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that he would “take Robbie Keane on his coaching staff all day long” if he was managing at a club today.
Speaking at the launch of the AIB’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry”, Redknapp was asked about Robbie Keane and how he would do in a coaching role and the 71-year old was full of praise for Ireland’s record goalscorer.
“If I was a manager of a football club now I would take Robbie Keane all day long on my coaching staff. I think he’s so full of enthusiasm, knowledgeable, he loves the game and I think he’ll eventually be a manager.
I spent the week with Robbie at Soccer Aid and I just think he’s got so much enthusiasm sitll and I think he’d be brilliant around the football club. He’s got that way with the players and the personality that needs to be in the game really.”
Redknapp also spoke about another one of his former players, his nephew Frank Lampard, mentioning that the Derby County job is a big opportunity for the former Chelsea star.
“[The Derby job] is a big chance for Frank, it’s a tough job. But it’s a good job, a great club, good facilities and stadium.
They’ve missed out the last four or five years on the play-offs or whatever, but he needs to recruit a few good players and strengthen the team a little bit if he’s going to get them up and hopefully he can do that in the next couple of weeks.”
Keane was signed by Redknapp when he returned to Tottenham Hotspur in 2009, where he went onto score 11 league goals in 41 appearances during his second spell at the White Hart Lane club.
Redknapp was speaking at the launch of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ which sees him take over Cork club, Castlehaven as they go up against Erin’s Isle of Dublin, managed by former Premier League manager and player, Gianluca Vialli.
The first episode of the eight-part mini-series, ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ will air on Friday, July 13th, exclusively on AIB’s social channels.