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Robbie Keane named man-of-the-match in managerial debut

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Robbie Keane made his managerial debut for ISL side ATK in their 1-0 win, where the Irishman scored the winner and was named as the man-of-the-match

Keane, who is the Republic of Ireland record goalscorer with 68 goals in 148 appearances, made his managerial debut in India for ATK and secured the home side all three points with a goal in the 10th minute of the match.

Keane, who left MLS side LA Galaxy in 2016, was named as the new manager of ATK, last Friday, after the departure of Ashley Westwood. The 37 year-old had initially joined the club as a player in the summer of 2017 under former Manchester United player Teddy Sheringham, who was later fired after 10 matches.

Keane selected himself up front for his managerial debut and was assisted by former Swindon midfielder Conor Thomas. Afterwards the Irishman admitted it has been a challenging season.

“It’s been an experience to say the least,” said Keane, according to FourFourTwo.

“Overall, there have been a lot of ups and downs but I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been difficult of course, but I’ve enjoyed it.”

During his long career Keane also played for both Tottenham and Liverpool and he won the Football League Cup with Spurs back in the 2007/08 season.