ROY KEANE admitted he is in danger of the chop after his Ipswich side slumped to a 10th league defeat in 14 matches, 1-0 at home to his former club Nottingham Forest.
The Corkman remains under fierce pressure following another soft defeat courtesy of a comical own goal from his fellow countyman Damien Delaney.
Ipswich have slipped to 19th in the table and are facing up to a relegation battle rather than the promotion push that Keane had targeted.
Keane believes his team have deserved more in recent weeks but ultimately concedes that his job is on the line. Yet he still moved to stress that the club's future was more important than his own situation.
“I'm doing my best, but if the best is not good enough, then I will pay the consequences,” said Keane. “It is not important whether or not I keep my job. My job is not important. What we have to do is get the best out of this football club. It's not about me, the club is bigger.
“I think we deserved more than one point from our last two games. But I can't keep playing that card. Let's not have any pity parties tonight.
“The commitment and attitude is spot on but that's not enough to win football matches. We're nearly a good team, but nearly never made it.”
Keane's two-year contract expires at the end of the season, and there has been an ominous silence from the Portman Road hierarchy with respect to any possible extension.
The Tractor Boys face a trip to Stamford Bridge for an FA Cup thirdround tie on Sunday, and also have a Carling Cup semi-final with Arsenal coming over the horizon.
It was anticipated that Keane would always stay on for the clash with the Gunners after steering the club to the last four.
But if the cup adventures end this month, the club could act.
Nevertheless, the under-fire manager is working to bring in new players, but has again pointed out that the club's location makes it difficult to recruit quality players.
“I know people don't want to hear it, but we are finding it hard to attract a certain player because experienced players don't necessarily want to commute to Ipswich because of wherewe are,” he said.
“So we're looking at one or two younger players.” Keane's woes were compounded when key midfielder Grant Leadbitter was shown a straight red for a reckless injury-time challenge, meaning he faces a three-game suspension.