Pressure growing on Roy Keane

PRESSURE is growing on Roy Keane with reports that moves are already afoot to replace him as Ipswich Town manager.

Yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest did not help his cause, but he refuses to shy away from completing the job he was brought to Portman Road to achieve.

League One looks a much better bet for Town than the Premiership in 2011/12 right now, but a defiant Keane said:

Asked if he was determined to carry on, he said: “I’ve not had a stupid question for a while, but well done

“But it‘s not important whether or not I keep my job.

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“What we have to do is get the best out of this football club. It’s not about me, the club is bigger.

“I’m doing my best, but if the best is not good enough, then I will pay the consequences.”

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Keane, who says no moves in or out are immediately on the cards, revealed that Gareth McAuley came off at half-time due to a hamstring injury and that he’ll look at the video before deciding whether to appeal against Grant Leadbitter’s late red card.

And talking about the goal put into his own net by Damien Delaney, Keane went on: “A lot went on before the goal and we had possession of the ball. We should have done better.

“We would have been disappointed had it been 0-0 at half-time – let alone be 1-0 down.

“Forest are a big, strong team and they defended well.

“I didn’t think we played badly, though, and there wasn’t a lot in it.

“In the second half we were chasing the game, though, and it would have been the other way round if we’d scored first.

“We’re nearly a good team but nearly never made it.”

Forest boss Billy Davies said: We had some great chances. Ipswich had a real physical presence and played a certain way.

“It was important for us to compete, defend well and show our discipline.”

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