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No pressure on Keane, say Ipswich

Roy Keane
Keane took charge at Portman Road in April

Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg has said that there is no pressure on manager Roy Keane, despite their dreadful start to the season.

The Tractor Boys have failed to win any of their opening 10 games and currently lie bottom of the Championship.

Clegg told BBC Radio Suffolk: "It's taken time to get going and that has been disappointing.

"You don't need to put any pressure on Roy Keane, he puts pressure on himself. He knows what to do to turn it around."

Ipswich drew 3-3 with Sheffield United on Tuesday after opening up a 3-1 lead at Bramall Lane, but Clegg believes that Keane's side is showing signs of improvement.


"We're not where we want to be, but I take a lot of encouragement from the (Sheffield United) game and the way the players have played," Clegg added.

Keane was appointed Town boss in April following the departure of Jim Magilton.

On taking the job, Keane set himself the target of achieving promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge at Portman Road.

"I would like to try and do it (win promotion) in one year, if I was not up for it I would be walking my dogs," said the former Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Celtic midfielder.

Prior to taking control of the Suffolk club, Keane had been out of work for five months after leaving Sunderland in December 2008.

The 38-year-old took over as manager of the Black Cats in August 2006 with the North East club languishing second from bottom in the Championship.

But, he made an immediate impact, guiding them to the Championship title in the same season.

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Keane resigns as Sunderland boss
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Keane becomes new Sunderland boss
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