Keane gets official backing to stay at Portman Road
IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane’s position at Portman Road has been confirmed as secure following the signing of right back Gianni Zuiverloon and striker Rory Fallon on emergency loan deals.
A defeat by Norwich City in Sunday’s East Anglian derby will not affect Keane’s standing in the eyes of club owner Marcus Evans, who gave his go-ahead to bolster the Blues squad.
This faith in Keane’s ability to move Town back up the Championship table will only be shared by a dwindling number of supporters if the Canaries add to the current misery being suffered by supporters with a Carrow Road victory.
Questions will be asked about the quality of the arrivals, but Keane will be looking for both to make an immediate impression with good displays in Sunday’s televised encounter.
Fallon may be a ‘World Cup star’ but Tommy Smith’s New Zealand team mate has netted just once for Plymouth this season.
And Zuiverloon, who looks certain to start at the weekend while Fallon might start on the bench, has been out of favour at West Brom since Tony Mowbray left The Hawthorns.
The Dutch defender has featured in just a Carling Cup game this term after a number of errors following the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as West Brom boss.
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Fallon has signed to January 22 with a full time move likely, while Zuiverloon has joined to January 4 by which time Keane will be hoping to have picked up some good wins to keep his position as water tight as it is at the moment.
Fallon, 28, was a trainee at Barnsley and played for Swansea before Plymouth paid �300,000 for him in 2007.
Like Zuiverloon he trained with the Town first-team today with Plymouth manager Peter Reid saying: “I’ve decided to let Rory go out with a view to a permanent move when the transfer window kicks in in January.
“It’s a great opportunity for Rory and I’m sure he’ll thrive in the Championship environment.”
Kiwi born Fallon was capped by England at youth levels up to Under-20, and has missed a few games with a groin problem this term.
Zuiverloon, 23, is a former Dutch Under-21 international who started his career with Feyenoord before joining Heerenveen in 2006.
Two years later, he was on his way to the Hawthorns in a �3.2m deal, signing a three year contract and he became a regular in the Baggies’ side during their stay in the Premier League in 2008/09.
His name is pronounced Zye-fer-loan, and with Football League regulation 50.3.1 limiting clubs to naming five loanees on team sheets one of Fallon, Darren O’Dea, Andros Townsend, Jake Livermore, Jack Colback or Zuiverloon will have to sit out.
There was interest in a number of fringe Town players as the emergency loan window closed yesterday afternoon with striker Ronan Murray believed to be in demand. But Keane decided to keep all his players.