Ireland captain Robbie Keane has taken another step towards carving out a future career in coaching by completing his Uefa B course.
Last year, Keane hit out at the lack of former internationals graduating into the coaching sphere compared to England and took his first steps on the ladder with an initial course arranged by the FAI.
For the past four days, during his off-season break from the Major Soccer League, the 34-year-old donned his tracksuit at IT Carlow and the AUL complex in Dublin to listen and learn the tips of coaching.
Keane was joined on the course by his former Tottenham Hotspur and LA Galaxy team-mate Carlo Cudicini, with both effusive in their praise of the syllabus.
As well as completing the B licence, Keane utilised the last couple of days to make some headway on the A badge, which is the precursor to enlisting on the Pro Licence course.
Most leagues in Europe require coaches to have attained, or least commenced, this highest qualification in Europe.
Keane said: “I’d like to thank the combined team of the FAI plus Paul O’Reilly, Luke Hardy and the rest of the lecturers at IT Carlow for my training.
“It’s nice to have this professional qualification which I may put to good use when I eventually retire.
“I have to say that the course was an eye-opener. As a player, it gets to me when a coach is stopping and starting training sessions but I’ve a better understanding now.
“I’ve certainly seen how it works from the other side, so I won’t be giving the coaches as much of a hard time anymore.