Roy: Some will 'fall by the wayside'

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane expects some of his current squad to 'fall by the wayside' as next season progresses.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane expects some of his current squad to 'fall by the wayside' as next season progresses.

The Blues manager had this message today to his players as he continues to take stock before embarking on a season where he wants to see his new club making a serious assault on promotion to the Premier League.

Keane said: “It's going to be a real test in the Championship with some tough away games and we'll find out what the players are like then.

“Some will inevitably fall by the wayside, it happens in football, but it's a challenge that I'm looking forward to and so should the players.”

Keane has seen attributes in the squad he inherited from previous manager Jim Magilton that he likes, but he says there was good fortune involved in both wins after he took charge towards the end of last season.

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“(Richard) Wright made a good save from the penalty at Cardiff when we were under the cosh,” said Keane.

“And in the final game Coventry City hit the bar in the last minute so that could have been a draw, even though the game should have been dead and buried by then.

“So we had a bit of luck. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!

“I saw a good side to the players though in terms of attitude. You can get that when a new manager comes in.

“The time to judge players is when we get going over the next few months.”

Keane has said that he and his scouting team will continue to take in international and Under-21 games as well as foreign club matches although it is believed he has not identified any direct targets from this exercise yet.

He has been impressed by the ability and attitude of his current players, but warns there is a long and bumpy road ahead.

“I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw when I came in and there are some talented players here,” said Keane.

“They trained hard in the two weeks I had with them and showed a good attitude and we won the two games. It could have been very different though.”

Town will not be moving away supporters to the other end of the Cobbold Stand next season.

Chief executive Simon Clegg was recently quoted as saying that switching opposition fans from the south end of the stand to the north was something the club were considering.

Ticket office and call centre manager John Ford however confirmed: “There will be no changes to the location of the away fans for next season.

“We've sold a number of season tickets to fans in the Cobbold Stand and they have been assured of their seats in that area for next year.

"The idea of moving the away fans up the other end of the Cobbold Stand has been mentioned before, but there are safety issues and policing concerns to consider. I'm sure it will be part of an ongoing discussion within the club through the year.”

Nineteen-year-old midfielder Jai Reason has signed a one-year pre-contract deal with Blue Square Premier Cambridge United and this will come into force on July 1 when his release from Ipswich Town comes into force.

Cambridge manager Gary Brabin said: “Jai got better and better during his loan spell with us last season.

“He had other good offers to look at, and we are pleased he is staying.”

New Queens Park Rangers manager Magilton is set to name John Gorman as his new assistant.

They worked together from Christmas to April at Portman Road and Magilton is keen to re-establish their working relationship in West London.