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Robbie Keane (file pic). Image: PA Archive/PA Images Robbie Keane (file pic). Image: PA Archive/PA Images

HARRY REDKNAPP HAS backed his former player Robbie Keane to have a successful career in management.

The pair worked together in the Premier League at Tottenham and the 71-year-old believes the Dubliner’s passion for the game and bubbly persona make him a natural fit for coaching.

Keane has already had a brief stint as manager in the Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata, and Redknapp feels he could be an asset to other clubs.

“If I was a manager of a football club now I would take Robbie Keane all day long on my coaching staff,” Redknapp said at a media event in Dublin on Wednesday.

“I think he’s so full of enthusiasm, knowledgeable, he loves the game and I think he’ll eventually be a manager.

I spent the week with Robbie at Soccer Aid and I just think he’s got so much enthusiasm still and I think he’d be brilliant around the football club. He’s got that way with the players and the personality that needs to be in the game really.”

Meanwhile, another former player of Redknapp’s, Frank Lampard, recently took his first job in management with Derby County.

“[The Derby job] is a big chance for Frank, it’s a tough job,” Redknapp said. “But it’s a good job, a great club, good facilities and stadium. They’ve missed out the last four or

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