Robbie Keane wants 'no-nonsense' Republic of Ireland boss

Robbie Keane talks to Richard Dunne during Republic of Ireland training on Monday

WORLD CUP GROUP C: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND V KAZAKHSTAN

Venue:
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Date:
Tuesday, 15 October
Kick-off:
19:45 BST
Coverage:
Scores updates on BBC Sport website

Robbie Keane says the Republic of Ireland need a no-nonsense manager to help revive the country's international football fortunes.

The FAI are not rushing into appointing a successor to Giovanni Trapattoni but Martin O'Neill, Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane are being linked with the job.

"I want someone who doesn't mess around," said the Republic captain.

"Someone who is very, very proud to be a manager and be proud of what we are trying to achieve in Ireland."

The LA Galaxy striker, who is in line to win his 130th senior cap against Kazakhstan in Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier, played under McCarthy and alongside Keane for his country and knows their merits well.

The Republic captain is also aware of what O'Neill would bring to the party and he has said that he would have no qualms over any of the trio if they were appointed.

"The names I have heard being mentioned, if any of them took over, I think everybody would be fairly happy.

"Mick is a great guy, a fantastic guy. Everything we have referenced, he comes into that mould. If it was Mick, if it was Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane, I don't think you could go wrong with any of them, to be honest with you."

Asked if the next manager should be Irish, Keane replied: "As long as it's the right man, it doesn't matter.

"But of course, I think everybody at this stage now probably would want an Irish manager.

"I think it's probably clear and obvious to see that. It's looking likely that it probably will be, it seems that way, anyway - that's not me with inside information."

Whoever Trapattoni's replacement proves to be, Keane, 33, says he will be available for selection.

"I will continue to play as long as I feel healthy," added Keane, who has a national record 60 Republic goals to his name.

The Republic captain will not be a candidate for the manager's job but it is a role that he could see himself undertaking in the future.

"But I'm sure that wouldn't be for a long, long time - if I got the opportunity."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 15th October 2013

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium108201841426
2Croatia10523129317
3Serbia104241811714
4Scotland10325812-411
5Wales10316920-1110
6Macedonia10217716-97

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy106401991022
2Denmark104421712516
3Czech Rep10433139415
4Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia104151213-113
6Malta10109528-233

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1091036102628
2Sweden106221914520
3Austria1052320101017
4R. of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands10019429-251

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands109103452928
2Romania106131912719
3Hungary105232120117
4Turkey10514169716
5Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra100010030-300

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia105051411315
4Norway103341013-312
5Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus10127415-115

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia107122051522
2Portugal106312091121
3Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg10136726-196

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze108113062425
2Greece10811124825
3Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein10028425-212

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England106403142722
2Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro104331817115
4Poland103431812613
5Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino100010154-530

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201431120
2France8521156917
3Finland823359-49
4Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus8116716-94
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