Roy shows he means business

ROY Keane today designated Ipswich Town's training ground at Playford Road as a place of work.

Elvin King

ROY Keane today designated Ipswich Town's training ground at Playford Road as a place of work.

The man who took over from Jim Magilton two weeks ago with the task of lifting the Blues into the Premier League at the earliest opportunity has left nobody at the club in any doubt that he means business.

Keane is holding talks with all 13 players out of contract at the end of next month, and there will be decisions made on others who the no-nonsense Town boss may be happy to see depart.

The outcome of the discussions will be known within the next few days, and in the meantime Keane is cracking down on discipline at the training ground.

“Things have to change,” he said. “I have found it a very friendly and very open, with people coming and going around the place.

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“But first and foremost it has to be a serious place of work. And changes will be made to ensure that it is.

“And I need an office at the training ground and this is something that also has to be attended to. It does not mean major building work - just a re-shuffle.”

Keane wants to see some character in the squad he starts next season with.

A number, including some not out- of-contract in the summer, will be going, with two or three carefully chosen newcomers coming in.

“You have to work with individuals and test players,” added Keane. “Some may fall by the wayside,

“Top players enjoy being on the edge. With the right ingredients winning can become easy - you have to continue doing it.”

A run-down of Town's 32-strong first-team squad from the 2008/09 campaign sees around 18 that are expected to stay put, with Keane taking note of the advice of the coaching staff he inherited from Magilton.

Most of the senior squad have begun their summer break, with the exception of those in need of treatment and those soon to be out of contract.

EXPECTED to stay (in shirt number order): Richard Wright, David Wright, Gareth McAuley, Alex Bruce, Owen Garvan, Pablo Counago, David Norris, Kevin Lisbie, Jamie Peters, Luciano Civelli, Jon Stead, Pim Balkestein, Danny Haynes, Jon Walters, Alan Quinn, Tommy Smith, Jordan Rhodes, Connor Wickham.

BORDERLINE CASES (in shirt number order): Tommy Miller, Billy Clarke, Veliche Shumulikoski, Ben Thatcher, Liam Trotter.

EXPECTED to go (in shirt number order): Chris Casement, Dean Bowditch, Giovani Dos Santos (loan ended), Ivan Campo, Moritz Volz (loan ended), Dan Harding, Shane Supple, Bartosz Bialkowski (loan ended), Matt Richards.

Players out of contract at the end of next month: Alex Bruce, Shane Supple, Ivan Campo, Dan Harding, Chris Casement, Dean Bowditch, Liam Trotter, Kurt Robinson, Matt Richards, Billy Clarke, Tommy Miller, Jai Reason and Ed Upson.