What’s Next For Roy Keane?


Everybody hates being made redundant. Fact. But no one hates it more than stubborn former Irish international Roy Keane. Keane was unfortunately sacked last week regarding his lethargic form of late with Ipswich and the whole season had looked bleak following a decent start to the campaign. The former Sunderland manager had led the Suffolk club to just three points above the relegation places and despite a solid start to this years Championship, he failed to build on it and it’s been a major factor in his unemployment.

Upon arriving at Ipswich, Roy Keane had inherited respected almost instantaneously. Known for his ruthless attitude, Keane commanded authority and was feared throughout Suffolk.

Taking on the job at Ipswich was never going to be easy for the Irishman with Ipswich languishing near the bottom, he sought changes and brought in an array of Irish internationals, surrounding himself with regular faces, reminiscing with former Sunderland player Grant Leadbitter. Keane had taken over at Ipswich in April 2009 and started quite well winning his first match and ending the season on a high with a 2-1 win over Coventry. Keane was hoping for promotion to the Premier League in his first full season as Ipswich coach and had achieved a similar feat just three years ago managing Sunderland, turning the tables and a surge of results saw the Black Cats reach the summit, way ahead of the rest however, he was unable to repeat the feat this time round as he could only reach mid table, unable to sustain even a promotion challenge finishing in a disappointing 12th.

His second season was rapidly approaching and with the new recruitments he had gained, he was looked to mount a serious title challenge or even the promotion places. An opening day win saw him rejoice but that smile he wore ever so proudly that day was soon to become an increasingly forlorn figure and with seven defeats from his last nine, the Ipswich board decided to call time on Keane’s reign at the club.

The question that remains is where Keane will enter management next. His unsuccessful stint at Ipswich will have to see him settle for anything that comes his way from League 1. He’d be lucky to receive another offer from a championship club but you never know what you’re gonna get with Keane. Keane has two options to take up. He can, either, go job seeking which lets face it isn’t Keane’s cup of tea or he can sit back, take a break, and listen to offers that are tabled. That second option is what Keane tends to do, if the job suits him he takes it and vice versa. Either way he’ll probably head back into management sooner, rather than later.

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About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on offtheupright.blogspot.com, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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