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Friday 20 April 2018

Keane faces up to reality

ROY KEANE has again conceded that he is facing the sack unless his Ipswich team start producing results quickly.

The Corkman did receive a vote of confidence from the club's authorities this week and came through the Championship side's AGM unscathed, but Keane remains under severe pressure after a run of five straight league defeats.

He badly needs a positive result from tomorrow's clash with bottom side Preston North End, and admitted yesterday that watching Chris Hughton join the ranks of football's unemployed made him appreciate the reality.

"If I don't do my business, I'll have to pay the price," said Keane.

"That's life. I see other managers out of work and I have to count my blessings -- people like Martin O'Neill, Gordon Strachan and now Chris Hughton. There's a lot of people out of work in football who've done a lot more in the game than I have. Obviously, I've got to do a better job."

However, Keane does not believe that his squad are playing with fear, despite some unusual lapses in last weekend's loss to Swansea.

"We need the players to go out and not be afraid to make mistakes, but we've got to have an end product," he said.

Irish Independent

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