Keane looks to end TV hell
Most football fans think their side is cursed by the live television cameras.
Call it an inherent expectation of failure, but unless you support one of the more successful Premier League sides, there will always be a fear that you are about to get embarrassed in front of the cameras/local pub/your closest mates.
Only for Ipswich Town fans they have simple statistics to back up these fears.
Seven games – or almost two years – without a televised win, just two points and a measly four goals scored. The facts speak for themselves.
Only this time the hoodoo has to be broken – the manager’s job might depend on it. If, as expected, Roy Keane remains as Ipswich Town manager this week, he will know that his reign hangs by a thread.
He doesn’t need telling by anyone that seven straight defeats, and a total of nine in 11 in the league, is not good enough and a response is needed – and fast.
Beating in-form Leicester City, and getting one over former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson, would be a perfect riposte from the beleaguered Town boss.
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But his players will have to overcome their stage fright if his job is to become that little more secure.
Not since February, 2009, have Ipswich fans been able to celebrate a televised victory – when Jim Magilton’s men secured an excellent 3-1 away win at Loftus Road over QPR.
Since then, there have been just two draws. A hugely disappointing goalless game against Sheffield Wednesday was followed by a 1-1 draw against, ironically, Leicester.
There were also losses last season against Coventry, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, and then the recent depressing defeats against Norwich and Swansea.
It has to be noted that all these matches have come under Keane’s watch, although this has to be balanced against the fact that the manager himself was always going to be a high-profile catch for the live cameras.
His own poor run actually goes back a little further after his Sunderland side lost against West Ham and Newcastle in the Premier League. Keane last celebrated a victory on camera in January 29, 2008.
Time seems to be running out on the Town boss and also on Marcus Evans making a decision on his main man. With the January transfer window open in just two weeks, you would imagine there would be a relatively small pot of gold available in a bid to safeguard Ipswich’s Championship status.
Evans will need to decide quickly whether Keane can be trusted with the funds after holding back in the summer.
Of course, no-one really knows how much hinges on Saturday’s match. Only the ever-secretive Evans can decide when enough is enough. But the tide has clearly turned against Keane’s management and he will need results fast to stop it becoming a full-blown tsunami.