Keane faces fans at Town AGM

ROY Keane admitted that last night’s Ipswich Town PLC AGM could be his last, as Town boss.

ROY Keane admitted that last night’s Ipswich Town plc AGM could be his last, as Town boss.

And the Irishman also confirmed that if results do not improve, then he could soon be out of a job.

However, support was still strong for Keane from the vast majority of Town’s shareholders who attended last night’s meeting, which was held in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite at Portman Road.

Keane embraced all the questions that were asked of him from the floor, and in fact enjoyed a relatively easy ride, when considered that his team have lost eight of their last 10 league matches and are squatting in 17th position in the Championship table.

The team’s poor run of form, style of play, the lack of entertainment and the reliance on young loanee players were all subjects broached by some of the 200-or-so shareholders in attendance.

Keane responded to them all, while Chief Executive Simon Clegg revealed after the meeting that there was “no time-scale” with regards Keane’s future.

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Clegg also made a point of stressing that the club had received no concrete offer for teenage striker Connor Wickham, despite the recent speculation surrounding a possible �10m bid from Liverpool.

Not surprisingly, Keane’s long-term future as Town boss was one of the subjects brought up early amongst the questions from shareholders.

Asked whether this could his last Town PLC AGM, Keane replied with both honesty and humour.

“It could be, possibly so, yes, but then it might be your last as well!” replied Keane wryly.

“The owner (Marcus Evans) offered me a three-year contract to start with, but I said “no.” Me being me I said that I just wanted two years.

“I always set myself high standards and I set the bar very high, I’m aware of that,” added Keane.

The Irishman enjoyed the full backing of Chief Executive Clegg, who was elected to the PLC board a year ago.

Clegg said: “The owner and myself are joined at the hip in the issue of Roy Keane. If we weren’t supporting Roy then he wouldn’t be here now.

“There is no time scale, apart from the fact that everyone knows his contract runs out at the end of the season.

“Roy is a very focued individual and a very driven individual, and he’s not used to accepting failure.

“But if there is anyone who can turn it around, then I’m sure Roy Keane can,” added Clegg, who dismissed reports that Keane might have just one game to save his career. Town are at basement dwellers Preston on Saturday.

“There is no line drawn in the sand, but we recognise that we are on a bad run at the monent and that things have got to change,” added Clegg.

Speaking about his hopes for the near-future, Keane said: “We are a lot more ambitious than just retaining our place in the Championship.

“You’ve got to dream and believe that you can turn your season around, but we know that we can’t keep on losing football matches.

“I’m under no illusions about my position. I know that I’ll be out of a job if I don’t get the results.

“This club is bigger than any manager and any owner. I’m not on an ego trip thinking that I’ll be here for more than two years.

“And I certainly don’t regret taking the Ipswich job,” added Keane.

Earlier in the season, it was announced that the club had made losses of more than �14m in the year to June, 2010.

The plc, whose chairman is David Sheepshanks, owns 12.5% of the club since Mr Evans’ takeover in late 2007.

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