THE knives are out for Roy Keane in Ipswich, with a local campaign to oust the Corkman stepping up a gear yesterday.
Following Monday's 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, the 'Evening Star' newspaper dedicated its entire front page (right) to a call for Keane's dismissal, with the headline 'Time for change, Marcus', aimed at the club's reclusive owner Marcus Evans.
Ipswich have slipped to 19th in the table following 10 defeats in 14 league games and the former Sunderland manager argued with supporters in the wake of the Tractor Boys' latest defeat.
The former Manchester United star was at the club yesterday and watched Ipswich play a behind-closed-doors friendly match with Crystal Palace.
However, his position is shaky, with a growing feeling that he will be shown the door once the club's interest in the FA Cup and Carling Cup ends; they play Chelsea in the former competition on Sunday, and Arsenal in the Carling semi-final first leg next Wednesday.
The local press are calling for immediate change due to the club's falling attendances and precarious financial situation. Either way, Keane will likely be out of a job at the end of the season when his contract expires, despite the backing of Ipswich player and former team-mate Mark Kennedy.
"I'll tell you when the manager's time up," said Kennedy, "It's when players' performances dip, when they look like they don't care and don't get upset when they lose. Anyone watching can see that the players are fully committed."
It may not be enough to save their beleaguered manager