Even a win might not save Keane

ROY Keane could still lose his job, even if Ipswich Town beat Leicester City tomorrow.

ROY Keane could still lose his job, even if Ipswich Town beat Leicester City tomorrow.

And that’s not playing devil’s advocate, or trying to scare-monger.

It’s quite simply an eventuality that Keane himself recognises. Beating in-form Leicester, in front of the Sky TV cameras, won’t suddenly solve everything.

It would stop the rot, following six league defeats on the spin, and also reverse a downward trend that has since Town drop to 18th in the Championship table.

But Keane needs more than one result to buy more time at Portman Road.

“If we’re not good enough on Saturday, then the owner might make a decision, but that’s up to the owner,” explained Keane during yesterday’s press conference.

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“I’ve just got to go out and do my best. But people shouldn’t be talking about my situation, questioning whether it could be my last game, or is it a must-win game?

“Managers have won matches and still lost their jobs, so it’s not a case of if we win on Saturday then things are rosy in the garden.

“The players need to do it for the club, not for my job.

“I have another life outside football, and my life won’t crumble if we lose on Saturday and if I lose my job on Sunday morning.

“I’ve got a great life. I hope the players are doing it for each other, for the club, the supporters, and I hope I’ll be at the bottom of that list,” added Keane.

The Irishman also insisted that he had not considered quitting, despite presiding over the club’s ninth defeat in the last 11 league matches at bottom club Preston.

“Something has to give, if you keep losing football matches,” explained Keane.

“But I have not thought about packing it in, no. Sometimes you just need to step back and recharge your batteries.”

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