Keane’s frustrations on the increase

IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane has admitted that his frustrations with club owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg are building up.

A failure to strengthen his squad with players that he has indentified is beginning to bug the Blues manager.

Before leading his side into npower Championship action at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace today (kick-off 3pm) Keane said:

“Negotiation skills is something that some people have and others don’t.

“It is not in my contract to secure deals – you can have a look at it if you want.

“We need four players and they have been indentified.

“But it’s out of my hands – this is the job of the chief executive and the owner.

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“Deals have to be done and although I’m okay with things at the moment my frustrations could build up next week.

“It’s up to me to speak to players – and I’m sick of talking.

“But it’s not up to me to get deals done.

“I had one player in my office 10 weeks ago, and he wanted to sign.

“He’s now playing for a good team and doing well.

“We need goals in the team plus midfield cover and a defender.

“We would have probably beaten Burnley last week with more experience in the side and to only be in a position to name six substitutes against Exeter in the Carling Cup was for a club like Ipswich Town an embarrassment.”

Keane says that he is not getting over-excited about coming up against the transfer deadline on August 31 with only loans available that day until the window opens again in January.

“It’s a horrible word – deadline,” said Keane.

“It seems that someone is going to get shot if we don’t achieve our goals.

“But they won’t - even though I feel like having a gun sometimes.

“Ipswich Town will carry on whether we bring anybody in our not, and perhaps our youngsters will step up to the plate although it’s a big ask.”

Keane has some positive news for Blues fans, adding: “Its not all doom and gloom – I’m quietly confident there will be news next week.”

New Town loanee Darren O’Dea has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their European Championship qualifiers with Armenia and Andorra early next month. The Celtic man has previously won two full caps.

And summer signing Conor Hourihane has been named in the Republic’s Under-21 squad for the final matches of their 2011 UEFA European Championships qualifying campaign next month. Ireland have no chance of making it to the finals.

Palace last night completed the signing of Town striker Pablo Counago on a year-long loan and they also signed Dutch star Edgar Davids on a play and pay basis.

Neither are expected to feature against Town today.

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