Keane: my future will depend on results

ROY KEANE says he’s not concerned about his contract situation at Ipswich Town, despite his current terms being up at the end of the season.

Keane is happy with the Championship club, who currently sit in 11th, one point off the play-offs.

The former Ireland skipper says his future beyond May is not something which is currently preoccupying him.

“I’ve got seven or eight months left on my contract,’’ he said.

“The club might be thinking about it but thinking about doing something and doing something are completely different. It will be dictated by results and how we do over the next few months.”

On Thursday, speaking at the Town Supporters’ Club AGM, chief executive Simon Clegg said that the club is similarly unruffled at the present time.

“We’re all incredibly relaxed about it, most of all Roy. Roy’s focused on doing one thing, which is getting the club promoted. If that happens — and so far we’ve had a good start to the season — then that discussion becomes a bit of a no-brainer.’’

Keane continues to enjoy life in Suffolk with his team, who travel to Sheffield United this afternoon, having made a significantly better start than in his first full campaign at Portman Road, when they endured a torrid 14-game winless streak and dropped to the bottom of the league.

“We’ll take it day by day but everybody knows I enjoy being manager of Ipswich,” he said.

“We’re all happy here, the dogs are happy, I’m happy, but if we lose tomorrow then we won’t be happy.”

Keane dismissed a newspaper claim earlier in the week that he had fallen out with teenage sensation Connor Wickham, joking: “I had a bust-up with Connor on Monday, Grant Leadbitter on Tuesday and Márton Fulop on Wednesday. There was the chief executive another day and my wife this morning. It’s been a quiet week.

“I was concerned on Monday because we went go-karting and Connor was trying to get me off the track.

“No, seriously, it’s rubbish. I don’t have bust-ups with players.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Doyle has been backed by Wolves manager Mick McCarthy to end his goal drought and reach double figures by the end of the campaign.

The Republic of Ireland striker has still to net a Barclays Premier League goal during the current campaign.

But McCarthy is full of praise for Doyle’s contribution in a 4-5-1 formation and believes the goals will start to come.

He said: “Kevin does a real, tough, difficult job, playing up front on his own as well as anyone in the Premier League.

“He wants to score and there might be times when I have a little chew at him because he has a shot and maybe could have done something else and kept the ball for us.

“But he occupies two centre-halves, and sometimes an entire back four, and allows the rest of us to play.

“He competes for everything and he will get to double figures in terms of goals this season.’’

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