​Former ​Spurs and ​Liverpool forward Robbie Keane spent his final year as a professional football player plying his trade in Indian Super League team ATK.


He ​recently spoke to the Score, recounting his experiences in the country and the opportunity it afforded him to step into management.


Keane initially had joined ATK as a player in August of 2017 before he was asked to take the management reins to see out the season.


Incidentally, that was also his first player-manager role.


"It [Management experience in India] was good. Teddy Sheringham was the manager first and they sacked him after seven games, which they shouldn't have. Some other guy took over, they sacked him. 


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"Then I took over for the last game of the season. We had to win against Avram Grant's team, and we won 1-0 and I scored the winner" he said.


Through his career, Robbie Keane made 649 appearances, scoring 296 goals and assisting 76 times. After winding down his career in the Premier League, he played in the MLS at LA Galaxy before joining ATK - a decision he does not regret especially because he got his first taste of management through it.


"I enjoyed that [managing ATK] and the week building up to the game, seeing how we could beat them. Then I ended up being the player-manager for six more weeks to cover a cup competition. 


"I was expecting to be a coach at some stage, but I didn't expect it to happen at that point," he said.


Keane currently serves as the assistant manager of the Ireland national team and Middlesbrough.


(Quotes R/T Score)