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Pressure growing on Roy Keane


Roy Keane Ipswich Town manager

Roy Keane

Roy Keane was left despairing as two goals from Craig Beattie helped Swansea to a 3-1 win over Ipswich.

Beattie was linked with a move to Ipswich during the week but the big question at Portman Road is whether the former Ireland captain will still be in charge when the transfer window opens.

Wednesday’s Carling Cup quarter-final win over West Brom provided some brief respite for Keane either side of televised defeats to Norwich and Swansea.

The stats are beginning to pile up with yesterday’s defeat the fifth consecutive defeat that Ipswich have suffered.

Ipswich did take the lead through Andros Townsend in the 50th minute but after that it was a familiar story for the home supporters.

Keane admitted: “It’s like Groundhog Day. We’re doing the same things over and over again and I’m saying the same things over and over again.

“I probably need to receive criticism and eight defeats in 10 games is unacceptable. I bought players in the summer and I brought players here on loan.

“There’s no excuses, we’ve got to do better. We’ve got no-one to blame but ourselves, in terms of our defending, the chances we missed and not dealing with the setback of their first goal.

“Their first goal was soft and the second was comical, but then I’m pretty sure I had the same conversation last week.

Asked about his own future Keane admitted: “I’m under contract until the summer and would love to finish that off.

“We’ve had a difficult couple of months but we can’t keep making too many excuses and obviously as the manager I take full responsibility.

“If I’m not given that time there will be no-one to blame but myself. The challenge is there and I want to try and see the job out until at least the summer.

“But if you are losing matches the pressure builds and ultimately the person that pays the price is the manager. That’s life.”

Next Saturday Ipswich travel to face bottom of the table Preston who drew 1-1 at Cardiff yesterday.

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1 comment

  • Nomoreoldfirm says:

    What has this to do with Celtic, the traitor from Cork is solely Man Utd, hated him in the hoops, should never have been signed. Good seeing him continue to fail as a manager. Celtic sites should be Celtic news

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