New Town boss Keane faces media

NEW Ipswich manager Roy Keane has addressed his first press conference with the club.

NEW Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane has addressed his first press conference with the club.

The nation's media descended on Portman Road to ask the former Manchester United legend what he has planned for the Tractor Boys.

Simon Clegg, Town chief executive, introduced Keane shortly after 4pm today. Mr Clegg said: “Today marks what we believe and hope will be an exciting new era for this football club.”

Keane told the press: “It's a massive challenge trying to get this club back in the Premier League and when the opportunity came I was ready for it.”


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Keane revealed he had received other offers from clubs during the five-and-a-half months he has spent relaxing and spending time with my family since leaving Sunderland at the end of last year.

He also confirmed he will relocate to the area.

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He said he was tempted to the club for many reasons including its ambition and history and called Ipswich Town a “proper football club.”

“I'm very lucky to get the opportunity and I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “If I wasn't up for the challenge, I'd be walking my dogs today.”

Keane, who led training with the Ipswich players today, hinted towards his plans for the club during his two-year tenure, saying: “I'm looking at bringing in one or two players. There are lots of injuries and players out of contract but we have to take stock of what we've got and take it from there.

“I've had a chat with the players. I will put demands on them but they look up for it.

“All I've asked of any player is to be on time for training and give 100 percent. If they're up for that they will enjoy playing for me, if they're not it will be a very brief relationship.

“As long as they have the desire to win day in, day out, I think they will enjoy working with me.

“I enjoy working with ambitious people. It's one of the big reasons I came to the club.”

Keane admitted it would be “very difficult” to get Town in the Premier League particularly with the clubs that were coming down this season but confidently claimed he was “up for the challenge.”

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