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Roy Keane will become 'ruthless' with Ipswich players


Owner's patience will run out - Keane

Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane believes he has been too lenient on his players so far this season and says that is about to change.

Town are in a torrid run of form, losing their last six Championship games in succession.

"I need to be a bit more ruthless. I think I've been too good to a lot of players," Keane told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"We've got to hang in there until January, try and stop this run, move one or two in, move one or two out."

Ipswich have failed to score more than one goal in a game since 6 November, when Tamas Priskin and Gareth McAuley secured a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

And Keane has put a new striker top of his shopping list, but will not know how much he has to spend until after Saturday's tea-time kick off with Leicester.

Let's not over dramatise it and think I was in some monastery for a few days

Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane

"Hopefully we'll talk about it this week, let's just concentrate on the game," he said.

"It might be a case of having to move one or two players out.

"We've got decisions to make on some of the loan players in January."

With Ipswich having slumped to 18th in the Championship the Irishman has tried to get a bit of perspective this week, by taking some time away from the game.

"Let's not over dramatise it and think I was in some monastery for a few days," he joked.

"I was just away up in Manchester for one or two days, the players have had their Christmas do and I had one or two days to myself.

"I've got one or two friends outside of football which sometimes you need because I'm sure supporters, and some other people at the club, say it's about getting on the training pitch.

"Believe it or not sometimes it's about stepping back and reflecting and trying to look at where we're going wrong."

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see also
Keane explains Delaney omission
13 Dec 10 |  Ipswich
Blame players, not Keane - O'Dea
10 Dec 10 |  Ipswich
Results are hurting squad - Keane
09 Dec 10 |  Ipswich
Keane takes blame for Ipswich run
06 Dec 10 |  Ipswich
Keane relaxed over Town backing
30 Nov 10 |  Ipswich
Keane has no 'further pressure'
18 Nov 10 |  Ipswich

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