Ipswich axe hovering over Keane after dismal season
Published 29/03/2010 | 05:00
ROY KEANE'S future as manager of Ipswich Town appears to be hanging by a thread with reports in the UK suggesting the Corkman could be sacked this week.
The East Anglian club have endured a disappointing season and while they have pulled clear of relegation trouble in recent weeks, the board expected Keane to challenge for the play-offs rather than struggle in the nether regions.
Ipswich drew nil-all with play-off contenders Swansea at the weekend, and Keane addressed the issue of his job security after the game.
"There's speculation about my job, but there are much better managers than me who have lost their jobs," he said.
"If the club wants to move me on, then they'll move me on and there's very little I can do about it. This sort of talk doesn't keep me awake at night and my players shouldn't take any notice of it either.
"If I lose my job, I lose my job. There's always speculation about lots of managers in the Premier League and Championship so it's nothing new.
"If you think I'm fearful of that, don't kid yourself. I've got a good wife and five good kids so I'll be okay whatever happens."
"We want to aim for consistency between now and the end of the season, but if the club wants to move me on, they will move me on."
Inevitably, Keane has been linked with the vacant managerial post at Celtic after the departure of Tony Mowbray.
The Corkman has struggled to put together a consistent run of wins with Ipswich, who conceded a number of late goals early in the Championship campaign and duly ended up in trouble.
Fans have grown weary of Keane's media outbursts, with the latest a bizarre attack on Plymouth manager Paul Mariner -- an ex-Ipswich star -- for shunning the offer of a post-match drink following the league meeting between the sides at Portman Road last Tuesday.