Ipswich Town have confirmed the departure of Roy Keane as manager after 20 months in charge.
The decision came following a run of seven defeats in nine league games, which has left the club just three points above the relegation zone in 19th place.
The 1-0 home defeat by Nottingham forest on Monday signalled the end for Keane, with supporters expressing their frustration at the teams’ worrying run of form.
The Season began well for the then playoff hopefuls, but the coming months saw them fall dramatically down the League table, leaving Keane under intense pressure.
First team coach Ian Mcparland has taken temporary charge of the first team, and faces two daunting cup fixtures against Chelsea in the FA Cup, followed by a visit by Arsenal to Portman Road in Carling Cup Semi-Final.
Keane remained defiant throughout the bad run of results and expressed his disappointment at the decision when he said, ‘I am hugely disappointed to be leaving Portman Road’.
‘When results aren’t good the manager gets the sack, that’s the game. However, I have a genuine belief that we were making progress and that the players have what it takes to turn this season around.’
The club, who are backed by Millionaire Marcus Evans, invested £8m on players during Keane’s times in charge.
CEO Simon Clegg thank Keane when he said; ‘This is a sad day for Ipswich Town Football Club and for me personally. I’d like to thank Roy Keane for his efforts, his dedication, his support and his professionalism over the last 20 months’.
Keane will point to the impressive Carling Cup run to highlight what he believes the team were capable of.
Paul Jewell is the favourite to take over the East Anglian Side as he shares a close relationship with the clubs’ Chairman.
What does this signal for Keane, with the list of management casualties in the Championship and the Premiership growing; it may not be long before another club takes a gamble on the United Legend.