Robbie Keane accused of 'shamelessly chasing shekels' for taking coaching job in Israel

The Spurs legend is taking over as manager of Israeli football club Maccabi Tel Aviv


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Robbie Keane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his second and Tottenham's third goal during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina at White Hart Lane on August 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Former Spurs player Robbie Keane has been accused of 'chasing shekels' by accepting a job as the new manager of Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Keane, who played for Ireland, Tottenham Hotspur, and LA Galaxy in his illustrious career, scoring more than 400 goals, was announced by the club earlier on Monday morning on a two-year-deal.

In a statement, he said: “My team and I are already looking forward to starting work and we are confident in our ability to do what is necessary to prepare the team for the upcoming season.”

"I am happy to take on this challenge at Maccabi."

But not all were happy with the move, with some BDS activists accusing the player of selling his soul "for a few shekels."

Dr. Brendan Ciaran Browne, an assistant professor at Trinity College, Dublin accused the former Ireland international of "shamelessly chasing the NIS."

In a tweet, he wrote: "You may shamelessly chase the NIS and break the call for #BDS

"We stand in solidarity with those who dream of playing in freedom & mourn those who never got the chance to live, let alone play."

The Maccabi Tel Aviv job is Keane's first as manager, and will see him take charge for the 2023-24 season which could see the club enter the Europa Conference league.

This is Keane's first job as manager of any club and his first job since serving as the assistant manager at Middlesborough in 2019.

The owner of the team, Canadian-born Mitch Goldhar, added: “Robbie brings the mentality, character, energy and focus of a winner, traits he exhibited everywhere he played. These characteristics now combined with ambitions to succeed as a coach are aligned with our objectives at Maccabi.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv fans showed their excitement on social media, with many tweeting messages of support to Keane and praising club bosses for landing the former star.

Dr Browne has been approached for comment.

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