Robbie Keane is to join Jonathan Woodgate’s coaching staff at Middlesbrough after Woodgate was appointed boss of the Championship club on a three-year deal.
Ireland’s record goalscorer, Keane will continue his duties alongside Terry Connor as assistant to McCarthy as Ireland step up their Euro 2020 qualifying bid in the autumn.
“This is a great opportunity for me on my pathway to a manager’s job in the future and I am very excited about it” explained Keane.
“I am also grateful to the FAI and to Mick McCarthy for allowing me to take this role and to continue with Ireland.”
“I made it very clear to everyone at Middlesbrough that I would not be coming here if I had to give up my Ireland role and they are happy to agree.”
“Ireland means everything to me as it always has done and I look forward now to helping the team in our bid to make the Euro finals and those games in Dublin.”
“I am thrilled for Robbie as he takes the next step in his path to becoming a top manager,” said Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.
“He told me about it the minute he was offered the job and I told him that it was only a runner if he continued with Ireland” added McCarthy.
“We are building for the future with this Ireland team and Robbie is a key part of that. He has made a big impression on the players and the staff already as my assistant coach and this new role will only improve him which works for Middlesbrough and, most importantly, for Ireland.”