Betfair blogger Gareth Freeman wonders if Roy Keane is being too honest.
Things are not looking to pretty at Portman Road at the moment are
they? The Tractor boys have endured their worst ever start to a league
season and sit second bottom in the Championship table. In this scenario
you would expect the usual politician style comments from the manager, with suitable
ambiguity and open to any number of interpretations. Town boss Roy Keane
has been refreshingly honest about his side's performances and his own
abilities as a manager.
He said: "I live in the real
world, the bottom line is if results don't improve I'm sure there will be
changes, that's football. I am not frightened by that."
It doesn't take a genius to work out the change he is talking about is his
own position as managers. He was also brutally honest by admitting that,
thus far, he has brought nothing to the Championship side.
He added: "Since I have been in football, I have always brought
something to the football clubs I have been with, but at this moment I have not
brought anything to Ipswich.
"I am doing my best but you can
question me all you want. I am doing my best, that's all I can do and if that's
not good enough, so be it."
I've never been a big fan of Roy Keane if I'm being honest. Though I
will admit I'm rather surprised by the way things are turning out for him in
his latest post. He did a decent job at Sunderland until that rather
bizarre walk out and it seemed as if things were going to go well for him in
Ipswich after they claimed a victory in Cardiff, a massive upset to the football betting odds, in his first
game in charge.
The picture now is a very different one and having seen Ipswich face
Newcastle over the weekend you can see they're a team in real trouble.
Few may have expected them to take anything from that particular tie but they
basically rolled over and surrendered without even putting up a fight – this is
not what you expect from a team managed by a fighter like Keane.
The Ipswich board will have to seriously consider his position as manager if
things continue the way they are, if indeed they aren't already thinking about
it. You have to wonder if his brutal honesty may go way to sealing his
own fate as he is basically admitting he isn't good enough for the job.
At the start of the season many, me included, thought Ipswich were a decent
outside football bet for promotion but I doubt
many consider them serious contenders anymore. It is starting to look
increasingly likely that Keane will get the push from his current role and you
have to wonder if the Irishman will seek to continue his short and turbulent
managerial career elsewhere should he fail at Ipswich.