Recently in his column for the Irish Daily Star Eamon Dunphy stated that: ‘When Roy Keane was appointed as Ipswich Town manager, he promised that he’d take them out of the Championship. The Corkman is on track to do just that but, unfortunately for the club, they’re looking at dropping into League One rather than going up to the Premier League.’
And I have to agree with him. Keane has now equalled Ipswich’s worst start to a season in 45 years. The last time Ipswich failed to win any of their eight league games back at the start of 1964 season, boss Jackie Milburn was sacked.
This weekend the Tractor Boys face high-flying Newcastle who are currently 2nd in the Championship, while Ipswich lie at the opposite end of the spectrum in 23rd place, having only collected 4 points from 8 games.
Ipswich who were early season favourites for promotion, and were certainly one of the teams I earmarked this season, but they have yet to kick start their season. Roy Keane’s management style seems to be having a negative effect on the club which is why Sky Bet are now offering odds of 1/3 on Keane leaving before the end of the season.
The Corkman has made a habit of walking out on clubs when they need him the most having done it on Sunderland, Manchester United and Ireland. Dunphy also states this in his column:
‘Clearly, Keane doesn’t have the personality to be in charge and I really think that this will be his last job in management.
It’s too early to write his own epitaph at Ipswich but Keane does have a reputation for walking when the heat comes on.’
Keane’s ironfisted management clearly does not work, and I think if Ipswich want to move forward then he has to go, or else he needs to walk, and soon.
Tomorrow is a very special day for both Newcastle and Ipswich, as the naming of a stand at Portman Road will be named after club legend Bobby Robson. Maybe this will be the occasion that will turn Ipswich’s season around.