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Keane & # 39; skillset & # 39; will be a major asset in Ireland's role – Doctor

Same school: Doctors say Dundalk has a clear philosophy and playing style under Stephen Kenny (pictured)
Same school: Doctors say Dundalk has a clear philosophy and playing style under Stephen Kenny (pictured)
Doctor's Ruud. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Daniel McDonnell

FAI's High Performance Director Ruud Doctor said that Robbie Keane would bring special expertise to his role in the back staff Mick McCarthy and hinted that the retired striker would be involved in the younger age group as well.

The 38-year-old was announced as one of McCarthy's assistants earlier this week in a move that has drawn some negative comments considering he has not secured his full Pro License.

He is scheduled to start the next course in January to complete the qualification.

But the Doctor has dismissed the notion that it sent the wrong message to other trainers who had gone through the entire system.

Both FAI CEO John Delaney and McCarthy indicated earlier this week that Keane could also be part of a succession plan that saw Stephen Kenny take the top job from 2020.

"This is not a wrong signal at all," said Doctor, who will also be around a senior set-up a little more as part of the changes that have caused Kenny to assume greater responsibility with regard to the underage male side.

"It's fantastic that Robbie Keane, with his profile, wants to be involved not only with seniors, but other teams.

"He will also be under 13 and under 15 league matches. He has a great passion for developing football in Ireland. This is very positive. He will do a Pro License so you cannot be rigid.

"There are staff there and Robbie brings his own expertise. As Mick said, he will challenge the staff and that's great. That's the dynamics of Ireland."

The doctor explained that in short it would not see him take place in the Irish dressing room or on the bench. When Martin O & # 39; Neill is responsible, the role of the Netherlands is to oversee each side regardless of the men's senior team.

That has been slightly improved now. The doctor is part of a discussion with McCarthy and Kenny about their new brief.

"This brings more people together, has a collaborative approach to player development," he said. "There will be a subgroup meeting with Mick and Stephen and others.

The 63-year-old said he was a long-time admirer of Kenny and considered his appointment as a tool for copper to accelerate relations between underage teams and senior teams, perhaps even related to playing style – although he repeatedly stressed that it was impossible to become 'stiff &' # 39; in that area.

"I appreciate the difficulties above," he said, "It looks very simple but not as you know. I always say that we need the same philosophy and approach in developing players.

"When we have a conversation with Mick, it's part of the conversation, & how do you want to play, does it fit your style? & # 39; it shouldn't be completely different.

"You have seen with underage teams that there is an attacking style of play, it is important that you develop people if you challenge them and if you are proactive in your approach, do not sit far with a team under 15 to get results.

"But when you rise to the bottom of 19 it becomes more results oriented and you have to be more realistic."

The doctor suggested that he agreed with Kenny's opinion that Irish players were less valued and on the same page as the former Dundalk boss in his criticism of traditional dependence on the English system. He does not believe the style of playing in water is always conducive to the development of players.

"I have been following Dundalk for years and the way they play, there is evidence of the philosophy and style of play," said the doctor. "I have met Stephen many times before and we discussed before.

"As I said before, we have to look outside the UK. This is a very different environment to get into the team there. So going to Denmark, going to Belgium, going to France, going to the Netherlands, challenging yourself. If You want to be a professional player, starting there.

"Jack Byrne did it, he played in Cambuur. He had a difficult start with injuries but was progressing and it was a pity, I want to see him last for two or three years.

"It is very important that these players have the right advice about where they go because a lot of talent is truly lost by making the wrong decision."

Irish Independent

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