Norris: The players all back Keane

OUR backing for the boss is genuine.

That’s the message from Ipswich Town skipper David Norris today as pressure on manager Roy Keane continues to mount.

Following six successive league defeats – the club’s worst run for 15 years – some Blues supporters have begun to question whether the players are still committed to the Keane cause.

Town players, virtually to a man, have all been quick to rally around their manager throughout this dreadful run of results.

However, loan striker Rory Fallon appeared to cast some doubt over whether the private thoughts of those players matched their public statements with some cryptic comments of his own following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Preston.

The New Zealander revealed that he had seen players ‘wanting the manager to get sacked’ at previous clubs, while adding ‘it was not for him to say’ whether that was the case at Ipswich right now.

However Norris, who alongside the likes of Grant Leadbitter, Carlos Edwards and Mark Kennedy has championed his manager in recent weeks, has attempted to pour water on any rumours of Keane losing the dressing room.

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He said: “We all get asked to do press and all the lads are saying the same things and backing the manager.

“And if anybody has any doubts about the authenticity of this they only have to look at our recent games.

“No one can accuse us of not playing for our manager. The effort is there if not the quality at the moment.”

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