Keane blasts Town’s ‘moaning’ fans

ROY Keane has launched an astonishing attack on Ipswich Town’s “moaning and groaning” supporters, ahead of this evening’s trip to Watford.

ROY Keane has launched an astonishing attack on Ipswich Town’s “moaning and groaning” supporters, ahead of this evening’s trip to Watford.

Outspoken Keane did not hold back, during yesterday’s Portman Road press conference, claiming that some Town fans were “stuck in their ways,” and that many did “not know too much about the game.”

The Irishman was referring to the lack of support that he felt his team, and the younger players in particular, received from the home crowd during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Coventry.

It was not quite the equivalent of Sir Bobby Robson, who once famously called Ipswich fans “a bunch of Zombies” when his team were chasing the Treble in 1980-81, but Keane was pulling no punches in his criticism of some of the Portman Road faithful.

“A lot of supporters out there, not just in this club, don’t know too much about the game,” blasted Keane.

“And I think a lot of people, particularly around this area, are probably set in their ways.

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“Instead of worrying about tactics and systems, and moaning and groaning, I would say get behind your players, particularly the younger boys.

“A lot of people, particularly after the weekend, seem to have an issue with systems, tactics and what-have-you, but that had nothing to do with the goals we conceded.

“I have no problems with people’s opinions, but a lot of people do not have a clue what they are talking about in terms of football.

“Get behind the players and don’t get bogged down by tactics and systems. That’s for me to sort out,” added Keane.

The Irishman has no problem with fans getting on his back, but he was clearly upset by some of the criticism aimed at his players, not least because Town remain in the top six!

He insisted: “It’s not about me, it’s about getting behind the team. I don’t mind them having a go at me. Forget me.

“I didn’t think they (the fans) supported the young players this weekend. We all know supporters can be fairly fickle, but these young boys need the benefit of the doubt.

“The moaning and groaning upset me. They should get behind the bloody team! Get behind these players!

“If I don’t get it right, I’ve got six months left on my contract, so if I don’t get it right, I’ll be gone anyway,” concluded Keane.

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