Roy looking for an FA Cup buzz

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane is hoping the Blues will give him his first managerial buzz.And he thinks that winning the FA Cup would do that.Keane takes his Town team to St Mary's Stadium for this afternoon's FA Cup fourth round tie at League One Southampton (kick-off 3pm) looking to qualify for the last 16 of the world's most famous club competition.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane is hoping the Blues will give him his first managerial buzz.

And he thinks that winning the FA Cup would do that.

Keane takes his Town team to St Mary's Stadium for this afternoon's FA Cup fourth round tie at League One Southampton (kick-off 3pm) looking to qualify for the last 16 of the world's most famous club competition.

Keane won the Coca-Cola Championship with Sunderland in his first season as a manager in 2006/07.

But the enigmatic Irishman recalled: “That didn't give me much of a buzz.

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“I just did what I thought I should have been doing.

“It would be nice to find out what winning the FA Cup would do.

“When I was a kid I dreamed of winning the FA Cup. I won it four times as a player so dreams do come true.

“Whether you get the same buzz as a manager I'm not sure, but it would be nice to find out.

“The managers I've worked with seemed to have enjoyed it.”

Looking optimistically to the future at Portman Road, Keane went on: “We are making progress and even when things were not going well on the pitch we were sorting things out in the background.

“Something happens every day - good or bad - and this is why I love the job. It's never boring.

“I'm happy here and as long as I continue to be treated with respect I will hopefully be here for a long time.”

Keane believes that sparkle has returned to the FA Cup after a few lean years.

“Having the final back at Wembley Stadium has helped as it was the pinnacle of where you wanted to go, as a player, manager or supporter,” he added.

“The competition was damaged a bit when Manchester United played in Brazil and opted out and certain big clubs used a squad rotation.

“But you don't see that so much now.

“The grand old competition has got its magic back.”