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I can confirm that Ipswich Town football club have amicably terminated the contract of our manager Roy Keane with immediate effect.
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Championship strugglers Ipswich Town have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Roy Keane following a below-par campaign.
The East Anglian side started the season with high hopes and began well, but in recent months results have faltered leaving Keane under intense pressure.
Ipswich suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in midweek and the Portman Road outfit now sit just three points above third-from-bottom Crystal Palace.
Chief executive Simon Clegg has thanked Keane for his efforts at the club, but feels with a new man at the helm they will be able to get their season back on track.
Sky Sports News understands Paul Jewell will be appointed as Keane's successor in the coming days.
"I can confirm that Ipswich Town Football Club have amicably terminated the contract of our manager Roy Keane with immediate effect," he said on Sky Sports News.
"I have to say this is a sad day for Ipswich Town Football Club and for me personally. I'd like to thank Roy Keane for his efforts, his dedication, his support and his professionalism over the last 20 months.
"His reaction to the news is as I would have hoped and expected from someone I've got to know over the past two years. One of disappointment and sadness and coupled with the acknowledgment of the opportunity he was given and support he has received.
"We wanted to give Roy Keane the sufficient time to get the team right and to improve the situation. However, as he has said himself, the performances on the pitch since November have simply not been good enough.
"The results speak for themselves. We all carry a degree of responsibility for this failure and I include myself in this. I'm convinced that with a new manager we can achieve the objective and goals we have set for this club."
Jewell is the bookies' favourite to replace Keane at Portman Road, but Clegg refused to confirm or deny who the club were speaking with.
He stated the club have started talks over Keane's successor while also revealing first-team coach Charlie McParland will assume caretaker charge.
McParland will oversee first-team affairs for the club's tricky-looking FA Cup trip to holders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
"I hope to be in a position to make an announcement regarding the new manager over the coming days," he continued.
"We've started that process. We're speaking with a number of people. I'm not going to fuel any speculation or deny any names thrown at me.
"I can assure you he will have the support and resources available to him.
"I've asked Charlie McParland to take over as caretaker manager. I would expect Charlie to be in place for as long as necessary.
"The most important thing now is everyone focuses on the game in hand which is the FA Cup.
"I think it is unrealistic to hope those negotiations will be concluded and an appointment made before Sunday's game."
All the united/other fans giving it, you dont know anything about our club. On paper our squad is in the top 5 in the championship, with lots of premier league experience. We should be near the top. The fact is Keane sold some of our most promising players- Rhodes, Garvan, D Wright. Then he didnt replace them. His substitutions also were baffling, and he fell out with too many players
Posted 15:49 7th January 2011
At least Keane moved his family to ipswich not like at Sunderland where he only turned up maybe 3 times a week,for that reason alone i think he is learning all the time about being a good manager,i think he will end up being a success he just needs the time to run the club from top to bottom the way he sees fit.The thing is no one gets time anymore,look at Hodgson at Liverpool,he'll be the next to go.
Posted 15:49 7th January 2011
It makes me laugh when people (or in this case Man Utd fans) automatically jump to the defence of an axed manager, just because they liked him, or they think he has some God-given right to be at the club for years, regardless of how badly he does... Keane is and will always be a football legend in this country, but the facts don't lie, he's failed terribly at Ipswich. He's had money to spend, time to get things right, and the support and goodwill of the entire county of Suffolk, including the Ipswich chairman and board. And look where Ipswich lie in the table this morning. Now compare him to Ian Holloway... a much lesser name in the world of football, with fewer friends in high places... but he won promotion from the same league as Keane was operating in, with a smaller club than Keane was managing, and spending much less money than Keane did.
Posted 15:18 7th January 2011
I feel sorry for him. I wanted him to succeed so badly. His decisions were bizarre though. Too many to list. I think Marcus Evans is a joke. It should have come earlier.... before the transfer window opened. He got the basics wrong in 90% of games by playing people in the wrong positions and it some cases playing players who aren't fit to be called footballers. If he had been able to sign Derry at the start of the season I think Keane would still be in a job as we would be a much more stable team. im so glad 20 of the players contracts expire at the end of the season. There are only about 9 players in the squad good enough to be in the Championship.
Posted 14:39 7th January 2011
Although i agree that Roy should have gone i despair at the timing. We have not been right for ages. Some of the players that we are loaning out are better than the players we kept. Only Roy Keane could give our club captain a contract extension and then loan him out within weeks. I was always worried that Roy Keane becomes more important than the club and although RK certainly didnt do that the media certainly want it! And as for the football - well we have no midfield. The worst performance i can remember for years was the Sky match at home to Swansea where we could not retain the ball and had no imagination - Roy should have gone then! Not 48 hours before our biggest game for a couple of years, and then 3 days later we have to play against the best 'footballing' side in England. And Jewell - how the hell is he any better. Curbishley, Hughton (who still has a lot to prove) or even bring George Burley back!
Posted 14:29 7th January 2011
great great player. maybe not a great manager; probably assumes all players are like him - ie self-motivated. not so!
Posted 14:15 7th January 2011
Oh for crying out loud, can we stop this "blame the players not the manager" stuff, please... Keane has had plenty of time to assemble his squad, he's relied heavily recently on short term loans, and it just has not payed off. He runs (or used to...) the team, the training, the selection and more importantly the tactics. Clearly it's falling short in all departments. Anyone who's been to Portman Rd recently can see the team have looked lacklustre, disjointed and simply not up to it. And that is 99% down to the manager, nobody else. OK, yes, all players have their off days and have to take some responsibility for their over inflated wages and egos, and God knows we've had a bunch of forwards for the last two year who'd be lucky to hit a barn door at five yards... yet Jordan Rhodes et al seem to be happily banging them in elsewhere, and Connor does the same for England. On Monday against Forest we just never looked like scoring, and tactically played so narrow with the two big lads up front that if we were still out there now I doubt the ball would be in the back of the net. To be honest, after Delany scored the OG the team looked delighted to have hit any net at all!! Roy, you weren't up to it. It's been a hugely frustrating couple of years, and the expectations were self generated. Let's look forward to somebody coming in with some genuine enthusiasm, some life and humour about them, and spark some life back into a miserable situation. Jewell, hmmm, possibly, Hughton, no thanks, O'Niell - now you're talking!! Not Curbs though, please...
Posted 14:08 7th January 2011
Ipswich fans want to hope and pray they dont appoint Paul Jewell
Posted 13:50 7th January 2011
I think this sacking is disgusting, the board should have stood by him and given him a lot longer to prove where he could have taken this club. There should be a campaign started to 'bring back Keane'
Posted 13:48 7th January 2011
all you ipswich fan are just blind, the team you have is not any way near to getting in the playoffs beacuse there not that good
Posted 13:48 7th January 2011
Thank god Roy has gone, i would love to see Terry Butcher as new manager and his old Rangers mate Ray Wilkins. Terry doing a great job at Inverness with no money.
Posted 13:44 7th January 2011
Is anyone surprised? The day football sacks Alex Ferguson will become the day when every single coach in English football will be biting their nails. Roy Keane is a winner and he will bounce back when the timing is right, like lots of other managers who have been given the boot.
Posted 13:25 7th January 2011
This is the guy who admitted deliberately trying to injure a fellow professional. For that he should have been banned from football for life. Wake up chairmen, do not employ him.
Posted 13:14 7th January 2011
When will chairmen ever learn. Stop giving jobs to ex Manchester United players. And to sons of Manchester United bosses
Posted 12:38 7th January 2011
Sometimes I dont think people that run football clubs know what they are doing. Ipswich are a team that are never going to win promotion with the squad that they have and should be just looking to the manager to keep them in the division that they are in. keane was doing this and throw in a possible shock at a struggling chelsea on sunday and a carling cup semi final place then I think keane has done a better job than 80% of the managers in the leagues out there. Im sure he will find a new club in a couple of weeks or so and do just a as good a job there.
Posted 12:31 7th January 2011
It is not just the players performance that lead to this, He made some very strange tactical decisions, some subs literally stunned the crowd, and he just didn't seem to have the motivational skills required to get the best out of the signings he made.
Posted 12:29 7th January 2011
i liked Keane. its a shame things didn't work out, but the game is results driven and we've been under par for some time now. i just hope to god the bookies are wrong and Paul Jewell is not appointed as the new gaffer. i hope the board remember what he did with derby?! It'll be a death sentence and division 1 football would be a certainty. Anyone but Jewell! Curbs has always fancied the town job, give it to him.
Posted 12:26 7th January 2011
Another one bites the dust :-( , do these football clubs really think that there is someone out there who can come to the club and wave a magic wand to make things right.
Posted 12:25 7th January 2011
The wheels have not been turning very smoothly for quite a while since the departure of John Walters whether that had an influance or not its hard to say. The supporters / spectators of late have been very supportive but it was plain to see that the play being shown at present have to say the least very very poor, and personnaly feel that the time had come for Roy Keane to go before it was too late, I still feel that it not too late to make a play off place but it will be very hard who ever takes over. I just wish that who ever comes in we just want our footballing Club & Side Back.
Posted 12:23 7th January 2011
Alas Roy is not destined to be a manager, he is too much of a lone wolf. Most of Ireland want him to do really well but I'm afraid we have to recognise that his results speak for themselves and his players fear the man. We still remember him as the greatest player Ireland has ever produced but its time to take up the media career Roy!!
Posted 12:22 7th January 2011
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