Keane gets board backing as slump continues

by Neil Sherwin

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Under fire Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane has today been given the club’s backing despite an horrendous start to the season that has seen them pick up just five points from their opening ten  games, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

When asked to comment on the situation, chief executive Simon Clegg said that Keane’s future was secure and he had the full support of the board.

“I think we all share in the disappointment of our fans and that is equally felt by the manager and the players as well,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It’s not where we want to be and the challenge is to turn it around.”

Keane and his side were booed off the pitch following Saturday’s hammering by Newcastle United and speculation has been mounting regarding the former Manchester United captain’s future at Portman Road.

Last night they squandered a 3-1 lead with 13 minutes to go and drew three goals apiece with Sheffield United.

Keane has been critical of himself in the past, and adopted a similar approach this week, admitting that he may have been ‘found out’ as a manager.

“When I got us up at Sunderland, maybe I got a bit of luck,” he said.

“Maybe I was just very, very lucky and I have been found out.

“A lot of fans voiced their opinion at the end, and rightly so. I can look at the players, I can look at my staff, but I also have to look at myself.

Keane has also come in for criticism from former team mate Dwight Yorke after an extract from the now retired striker’s book was published in the News of the World.

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