Roy Keane feels the heat at Ipswich: 'I'm one game from the sack,' he says after barren run


Results business: Keane is under fire

Results business: Keane is under fire

Ipswich manager Roy Keane admits he could be just one defeat from the sack.

The Championship side are on a run of four straight defeats and were thrashed 4-1 at East Anglian rivals Norwich on Sunday.

Keane, who desperately needs to raise spirits for tonight’s Carling Cup quarter-final against West Bromwich, said: ‘I’m surviving, just about hanging in there. But if we continue to lose matches the pressure will build.

‘If I lose my job I shouldn’t be too upset because it’s the nature of the game.’

Keane, who has been in charge for 19 months, still believes he is the man to mastermind a change in fortunes at Portman Road.

He added: ‘I can understand the doom and gloom among the supporters. I ask myself every day if I’m capable of turning things round — the answer is yes.’

Keane admitted the Norwich defeat had been difficult to accept but added: ‘The day I go home after a defeat and I can relax will be the day I quit the game.’

Piling on the pressure: Norwich's Grant Holt completes his hat-trick at Carrow Road

Piling on the pressure: Norwich's Grant Holt completes his hat-trick at Carrow Road

Ipswich are bidding to reach the Carling Cup semi-finals for the first time in a decade.

But Keane’s cause is not helped by injuries to six first-teamers, while defender Damien Delaney is suspended and four loanees are cup-tied. 

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