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Last Updated: Thursday April 23 2009 12:21 GMT

Roy Keane is new Ipswich manager

Roy Keane

Roy Keane has made a surprise return to football, becoming the manager of Championship side Ipswich Town.

The former Manchester United star and Sunderland manager takes over the team after Jim Magilton was sacked.

When Keane quit Sunderland in December 2008 they were struggling in the Premier League in 18th place.

However, when he took over as manager the team were near the bottom of the Championship. At the end of the season they were promoted as league winners.

The bosses at Ipswich will be hoping Keane can help his new team achieve similar success.

Although the club has been in the Championship for a few seasons now, it was in the Premier League until the end of the 2001/02 season.

And the previous season Ipswich finished in fifth place in the table, one spot ahead of Chelsea!

Keane said: "I truly believe I am joining a club that has the potential, ambition and infrastructure to once again be a Premier League side."