Keane: ‘I haven’t thought about packing it in’

IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane has revealed that he has not thought about resigning his position as Blues manager.

He spent the early part of this week in the Manchester area and is going into tomorrow’s televised npower Championship game against Leicester City at Portman Road with his batteries re-charged.

Wise and realistic enough to realise that a seventh successive league defeat might lead to a call from club owner Marcus Evans relieving him of his position, Keane is in fighting mood.

He said: “I’m OK, I went away from football – and my family, which I think they enjoyed – and am ready to go into battle again. I’ve re-charged my batteries. I didn’t think about packing it in, but I needed to step back to look at things from a different angle and talking to friends who are not football people.

“You can get the same robotic speak within the game but getting the opinions of one or two friends I can trust has been refreshing.

“I had a shave, which can give you a lift, and a good night’s sleep a nice meal a cup of tea a walk with the dogs and a movie.

“I’ve not had a bad few days, but I know I need to do better. I’m not passing the buck.”

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When asked if he feels the visit of Leicester could be his last game in charge of Town, Keane replied: “Like every other game it’s one I want to win, and that would be a start. And the sooner we start winning again the better for everyone. But I’ve seen managers lose their jobs after a victory.

“At the end of the day we need to improve for the sake of the club and not worry about my position as I have a good life outside the game.

“As far as the players are concerned they are doing fine and we deserved a draw at Preston and paid the penalty for not showing quality in vital areas.

“They will do it for themselves, their families, our fans and the club, and I hope I come at the back end of that.”

Connor Wickham may feature on the bench as he has trained this week following a thigh problem and Marton Fulop should be fit for consideration.

Mark Kennedy came though an hour last Saturday with no adverse reaction. Damien Delaney and Andros Townsend have missed training because of a virus, but both are expected to be available for selection.

“I may change things around this week and perhaps not be so forward thinking although this has not shown in us scoring any more goals,” said Keane “We are coming up against a side with four or five good attacking players.

“Sven (Goran Eriksson) has not messed about since he arrived and in Martyn Waghorn he has a former Sunderland player that we were interested in but not at �3million.”

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