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Saturday 25 February 2017

Keane shows skipper the door

IPSWICH manager Roy Keane is desperate to off-load Jon Walters after disciplining the wantaway forward and stripping him of the captaincy before Saturday's 1-1 Championship draw with Burnley.

Walters has been linked with Stoke and West Brom and the striker has informed Keane of his desire to move.

Keane left the forward out of his squad to face the Clarets as the former Sunderland boss was not happy with the player's reaction to being stripped of the captaincy.

The Tractor Boys looked set for all three points when David Norris scored with four minutes remaining after Clarets defender David Edgar had been sent off.

But Clarke Carlisle's stoppage-time goal gave the 10 men a point. Keane revealed the reason behind Walters' absence and also said he hopes to add to his squad soon.

"Jon was due to play but I spoke to him on Friday and I've been thinking about the captaincy," said Keane.

"For a player with a clear desire to leave, I don't think it's right he should be captain. Jon's reaction was unbelievably overboard.

"He's been disciplined and as long as I'm manager of this football club he'll never kick a ball for us.

"We hope a deal can be done quickly but until we get the fee we want it'll drag on a bit longer.

"I'm quietly confident we'll have three players in next week because we're down to the bare bones."

Irish Independent

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