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Roy Keane new Ipswich boss


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Ipswich Town Football Club today announced the appointment of Roy Keane as manager on a two year contract.

Roy started his playing career in England at Nottingham Forest before going on to experience phenomenal success as a player and captain for Manchester United over a 12 year period between 1993 and 2005.

He had a year at Celtic, the club he grew up supporting, before moving into the world of management, becoming Sunderland boss in August 2006. He took over at the Stadium of Light with the Black Cats second from bottom of the Championship and transformed their fortunes, taking them to the Premier League that season as champions.

The former Republic of Ireland skipper, with 67 caps to his name, kept Sunderland in the Premier League in 2007/08 but after a disappointing start to the 2008/09 campaign, he stood down as boss in early December.

Commenting on the appointment, Club owner Marcus Evans said: "I am delighted that Roy has agreed to join us and we are completely aligned in our ambitions for Ipswich Town.

"He has extensive contacts in the game and is a proven winner who encourages his team to play the attractive football that Ipswich Town fans have come to expect. I believe he is the right man to take this Club where we want to be - the Premier League."

Town Chief Executive Simon Clegg added: "The appointment of Roy Keane further demonstrates our commitment to help Ipswich Town Football Club achieve our aim of returning to the Premier League at the earliest possible opportunity. Roy has experienced promotion as Championship winners as a manager and, importantly then kept his side in English football's top flight and I am looking forward to working with him."

Roy Keane said of his new role: "I truly believe that I am joining a Club that has the potential, ambition and infrastructure to once again be a Premier League side. The Club's owner and Chief Executive impressed upon me their total focus on achieving this quest at the earliest opportunity and I can't wait to get started."

Roy will be unveiled as Town boss at a press conference held at 4pm today at Portman Road.

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Makes sense who Jimbo was sacked with 2 games to go, they've got nothing to lose now this season so it gives Keane 2 games to take a look at the squad before the summer spending spree.

Be interesting to see how much money he is given this time round.

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Who knows, we'l soon find out. To be fair Ipswich have got a decent enough squad as it is they don't need to make massive changes although Keane may have other ideas.

I'l put a fiver on his first signing being Irish and from Sunderland or Celtic.

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How much did he spend the season he took them up I didn't think it was that much, he just went crazy when he was in the Premiership. Did wonders for them in this league, be interesting if he can repeat it with Ipswich.

I'm guessing Jimbo Gilton had one of those 3 year plans to get Ipswich into the Premiership and failed, he took them from being a mid table team into a top 10 team, another couple of seasons and who knows.

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Summer 2007.

33 players in 2.5 years and loaned 12 out.

When he left he said though didn't he that he bought players that he didn't want at the club :confused: a lot of the players were not happy as he made them stay in a hotel the night before match day - even when playing at home.

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Could it just be the case that the CCC is his level in managment, nobody can deny he did a great job in taking Sunderland from the bottom to the top in one season and secure promotion, true he bottled it after he realised he'd cocked up big time but maybe with a few more years experience he will improve.

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