The Times say Robbie Keane will join Sam Allardyce‘s coaching staff alongside Karl Robinson at Leeds United after Big Sam was announced as Javi Gracia’s replacement on Wednesday morning – in a last roll of the dice by the club.
Allardyce, 68, returns for his ninth Premier League spell in charge as Leeds look to maintain their Premier League status in the last four games of the season. Manchester City at The Etihad will be Allardyce’s first game in charge.
Then, we face two of Allardyce’s former sides in Newcastle and West Ham, before hosting Tottenham. An incredibly tough task ahead of Allardyce. Leeds have confirmed that ex-MK Dons gaffer Karl Robinson will come be assistant.
Now, the Times report that ex-Leeds striker Keane will come in as a coach alongside Robinson and Allardyce. Keane played for Leeds for a couple of years – amassing a decent 19 goals in 56 games for us, between 2000 and 2003.
Robbie Keane will join Sam Allardyce coaching staff at Leeds United
Bringing in Robinson and Keane will give Allardyce some incredible experience on the bench at Elland Road in the final four games. Certainly, Keane will more than help the likes of Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Georgie Rutter.
His appointment on the coaching staff will also delight Leeds fans – Keane is a well-liked member at Elland Road and having him on side will certainly boost morale. Whether he can help Leeds get out of the mess they are, who knows.
Leeds will have to accept that this weekend is likely to end in a loss. But one of two home games against Newcastle could give the Whites a chance, as could a trip to West Ham. Spurs at home on the final day could mean anything.