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Los Angeles Galaxy are interested in bringing Robbie Keane back as their head coach

Los Angeles Galaxy are interested in bringing Robbie Keane back as their head coach

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Los Angeles Galaxy are interested in bringing Robbie Keane back as their head coach

Ireland legend Robbie Keane has been strongly linked with a move to take over as LA Galaxy head coach in recent days, but the reports have been downplayed in the US media.

Keane is eager to land his first managerial post after spells as assistant manager in the Ireland national team set-up and as assistant manager to Jonathan Woodgate at Middlesbrough came to an end earlier this year.

While a return to the club where he enjoyed a five successful seasons at the end of his career may well appeal, the Major League Soccer website has stated that the current LA Galaxy coaching staff led by head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto will remain in place for now.

Pressure on Schelotto and his coaching team may reach breaking point if Galaxy lose this weekend's game against Vancouver Whitecaps, but it appears suggestions that Keane's return to Los Angeles is not rubbed stamped by any means.

There is no doubt that Ireland's record goal scorer would jump at the chance to move back into full-time coaching, as he told Sky Sport earlier this year.

"I have been working on my coaching badges and I would like to move into management," said Keane.

"It is a learning curve for me. I have spoken to many people and they have all told me to take my time.

"If you are going to be a coach or a manager, you could be in it for 20 years so take your time. I want to pick the brains of players and managers I've worked with over the years as this is a learning curve."

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