ROY KEANE will be officially sacked by Ipswich Town today after the club hierarchy lost patience following a disastrous run of results.
The Corkman has overseen 10 league defeats in 14 matches, a sequence which has resulted in the Tractor Boys dropping to 19th place in the Championship table.
Ipswich are expected to make an announcement this morning. Keane had been preparing as normal for this Sunday's FA Cup tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It was felt that he would at least be retained until after the upcoming Carling Cup semi-final with Arsenal with the first leg taking place next Wednesday and the return on January 25. On Wednesday night, Keane was at the Emirates Stadium on scouting duty watching the Gunners host Manchester City.
Yet it is understood that the Ipswich authorities were reluctant to wait for another three weeks with league matches taking place in the interim. Calls for Keane’s head in Ipswich have grown over the past seven days, with owner Marcus Evans running out of patience.
The club are in financial difficulty having lost over £14 million last season, and £12 million in the 2008/09 campaign.
Keane’s two-year contract was set to expire at the end of the season and, ominously, there was no urgency to offer a new deal. It also means that a severance package will come at minimal cost.
The 39-year-old took charge at Portman Road in April 2009, five months after his abrupt departure from Sunderland, but his stint in charge has fallen well short of expectations.
Chris Hughton is among the candidates already in the frame to replace Keane, with the club rumoured to be well on their way to finding a new man.