Patience may run out, admits Keane

IPSWICH boss Roy Keane admits that the patience of owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg will eventually run out if his side continue to struggle at the bottom of the Championship.

Keane’s Tractor Boys dropped back into the relegation zone on Wednesday after Reading defeated Crystal Palace 24 hours after Ipswich lost 3-1 at bottom-of-the-table Peterborough.

Ipswich fans have been patient despite their side managing only six league wins this season, but their frustrations have started to show in the wake of the defeat at London Road, something Keane says he fully understands.

He admitted: “I’m sure if I was a supporter I’d be saying, ‘Listen, you need to do better’, and we do need to do better. There’s no hidden agenda there.

“The buck stops with the manager, absolutely. I pick the players, I pick the systems, make the substitutions and it’s not been good enough. Whatever decisions I’ve been trying to make just haven’t been falling into place.”

Keane is equally aware that patience may also be running short at board level.

“I think I have been lucky that Simon and the owner have been supportive. But that support runs out just like with supporters,’’ he admitted.

“Trust me, I’m not daft, I might look it, but I’m not. I appreciate that if you’re not winning football matches and you’re in charge of a club, your luck will run out.”

The former Ireland skipper, who apart from the club’s lowly position appears to love life in Suffolk, currently shows no signs of repeating his Sunderland walk-out.

“I don’t think I could do a normal job,’’ he said.

“I think I need that excitement, I’m looking forward to seeing the players in the mornings, trying to get the right team, travelling to games, trying to get the right atmosphere on the bus, making sure they’re up for it, ready for a tough 90 minutes.

“It’s part of the challenge. I had my four or five months out of football (after leaving Sunderland in December 2008), but as much as I enjoyed it, I wanted to get back into it. I don’t think there’s anything else out there which will motivate me.

“I did one or two Sky games, that didn’t really give me a buzz. I think it’s a cushy number. I need something to excite me and the challenge now is to get us up the table.”

Keane’s side travel to fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with Cork-born left-back Shane O’Connor, 19, and former Bohemians keeper Brian Murphy both in line for possible league debuts.


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