Robbie Keane is set to be revealed as the new LA Galaxy manager, having been out of work since June.
Acting as assistant to Jonathan Woodgate at Middlesbrough, Keane opted against carrying on his duties after the appointment of Neil Warnock, who replaced Woodgate after his sacking.He now looks set to take on his first role as a manager at the club he previously spent five years with as a player. Per The Sun, the 40-year-old has already agreed terms with Galaxy and an official announcement is imminent.
On top of agreeing to move to California, he has already put together his backroom staff as he looks to overturn the fortunes of a side in wretched form. When he takes the reins he will be replacing Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was recently following the most recent 4-0 loss at home to San Jose.
LA Galaxy have not won any of their last seven games - conceding ten goals in their last two matches alone - prompting the decision to be made. The scale of the job on Keane's hands in undeniable, with the Galaxy rooted to the bottom of Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
They have just 15 points from their 16 matches, sorely lacking former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who ended his two-year spell in November to move back to Serie A.
If anything, the MLS side could do with someone of Keane's calibre in their ranks. A 23-year playing career, in which he scored 325 goals in 737 games for ten different clubs, also sees him sit atop the Republic or Ireland all time scoring charts with 68 goals for the nation.
His time playing with LA Galaxy was equally fruitful as he netted 104 goals in 165 outings, lifting the MLS Cup on three occasions as well as a solitary Supporters' Shield.
Source : 90min