Keane is dreading Sheffield United visit
IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane is dreading tomorrow’s Championship game against Sheffield United at Portman Road (kick-off 1pm).
It marks the end of a disappointing season – and the start of three months transfer activity that will make or break his time in the Blues hot seat.
“My real work starts tomorrow night,” said Keane, who marked himself three out of 10 for his first year efforts managing Town.
“With the right players my squad can be strengthened into one that can compete for a top six place next season.
“We need players who will take us to another level – players who will go straight into the first team.
“I’m dreading tomorrow’s game as it means my work really begins.
“I’ve a clear mind what I need and I’ll not settle for less after ducking and diving last summer.
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“I’ll not tolerate that again – I have my targets and I’ll stick to them.
“And do all in my power to get the players I want out on the pitch next season.
“It won’t be easy with so many obstacles to overcome as there is in every deal.”
Keane has revealed that he will be looking to add an assistant manager to his coaching staff after deciding not to offer Steve Foley a new contract.
“I’ve got one or two people in mind for the assistant manager’s job,” he said with an experienced man who can bring his own ideas the ideal candidate.
“It was a tough decision to release Steve Foley as he’s a good man and has been very good to me since I came in.
“He’s done a good job with the reserves, but there are areas of the staff I need to look at. Steve’s a very good man and a football man.”
Under-18 coach Chris Kiwomya is staying - with Keane set to speak to fellow coach Ian McParland about his future next week. The former Notts County boss underwent a double hip operation this week.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, Keane said: “Victory against the Blades will not make up for the disappointment of this season.
“Fans, players and myself will all expect more next season.”