Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed Middlesbrough's head coach on a three-year contract, with Robbie Keane joining him in the dugout as assistant manager.

Earlier this week, Keane confirmed to RTÉ Sport that he had been approached by Middlesbrough to take up a role, but added that it would not impact his position on Mick McCarthy's Ireland coaching team

In a statement on the FAI website Keane said: "This is a great opportunity for me on my pathway to a manager’s job in the future and I am very excited about it.

"I am also grateful to the FAI and to Mick McCarthy for allowing me to take this role and to continue with Ireland.

"I made it very clear to everyone at Middlesbrough that I would not be coming here if I had to give up my Ireland role and they are happy to agree.

"Ireland means everything to me as it always has done and I look forward now to helping the team in our bid to make the Euro finals and those games in Dublin."

McCarthy has given his blessing to Keane taking up the position, and revealed he backed his No 2 from the start to take it provided he remained with Ireland.

"I am thrilled for Robbie as he takes the next step in his path to becoming a top manager," he said.

"He told me about it the minute he was offered the job and I told him that it was only a runner if he continued with Ireland.

"We are building for the future with this Ireland team and Robbie is a key part of that. He has made a big impression on the players and the staff already as my assistant coach and this new role will only improve him which works for Middlesbrough and, most importantly, for Ireland."

Woodgate, a former Boro and England defender has been handed the reins at the Championship club following the departure of Tony Pulis at the end of the season.

A club statement said: "Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team.

"Jonathan has been appointed as the club's new head coach and has agreed a three-year contract.

"Our former captain will be joined by his ex-Leeds and Tottenham team-mate, and current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich, who was previously on the coaching staff at the club from 2013-2017, and one-time Boro man Danny Coyne, as goalkeeping coach."