ROY Keane has taken a swipe at chief executive Simon Clegg in his first interview since being dismissed as Ipswich Town manager last January.

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Keane, who still lives locally and confirmed his desire to get back into management, says that Ipswich proved to be the wrong club for him.

Keane was in the Town hot seat from April 2009 but failed to find any consistent results with former skipper Jonathan Walters going on record to say that players felt as though they were ‘walking on eggshells’ in the then manager’s presence.

The former Manchester United midfielder for his part often made veiled criticism of Clegg and how important transfer deals failed to materialise once talks reached boardroom level.

“My mistake was that I agreed to take the Ipswich job before meeting their chief executive,” said Keane.

“That’s a vital role when you’re working with somebody so closely.

“I won’t be doing that again.

“Looking back now, Ipswich maybe wasn’t the right club for me.”

Keane is eager to give management another go, but is in no rush to do so with his assistant at Portman Road Tony Loughlan seen at Town’s 4-2 Championship defeat at Leicester City on Saturday.

Keane went on: “I’m enjoying my time off. I think I have to step back now and see what’s around the corner.

“If I’m out of the game for six months or six years, so be it.

“I’m sure there’s a club out there who might give me an opportunity, but if it doesn’t come, I’ve got a good life.

“I’ve got a bit of freedom at the moment and I’m enjoying that.

“If I was to go back into it, as usual I’ll want to get to the very top and hopefully I’ll learn from my mistakes, particularly at Ipswich.

“I think I could potentially be a good manager but potential is one thing, going out and doing it is another thing.”

Clegg is a former chief executive of the British Olympic Association and had no experience of football administration when brought in by Town owner Marcus Evans at the time Keane was appointed.

Keane was talking in an hour-long telephone interview to a religious-based local Irish radio station Cork Life FM, where a friend from the footballer’s younger days is employed.

17 comments

  • Thanks Brian that is interesting (the poll) - if you look through the early replies to this article you can see some of the 'corporate' replies singing the praises of you know who, and laying the blame back at Keanes door - - all thats missing is the heading...FROM THE DESK OF ... and a crest with a horse standing on a ball !!!

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    J P W

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • JPW & peter samuels and there was I thinking that the EADT was only rejecting or censoring my posts critical of CEO. Also interesting to note that this paper was conducting a poll today on the live web chat asking supporters whether the Town would be better off without 'the name we mustn't mention' 75% Yes 25% No Nuff said !!!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • It's not like Keane to be bitter ;-) Steven Quas Ipswich

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    Steven Quas

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • i keep hearing how bad keanes record was and how great jewels is. keane won 13 games from 29 until his exit. jewel won 10 games out of 23 how is this so great keane would also have won some of them seems to me me the new manager is just like for like.

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    michael hutton

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • Kingfisher, you obviously did not like Keane as manager and neither did I, going as far to say that from his violence on the pitch record in my poinion should never have been allowed any position in football again. All this evidence was available to Clegg & Evans before his appointment but was apparently ignored to enable a 'high profile' name to get on board with ITFC. Some of his signings were disastrous while his team selections were baffling. But he could only work with what he had having been over ridden on potential signings like Chopra & Derry by Clegg. One other fact that you maybe interested in is with the potential signing of Charlie Austin from Swindon in the Jan transfer window. Glegg made him a 'ludicrous' offer to sign for ITFC but was told that Burnley could do better. It was suggested to Clegg by PJ that a slightly improved offer could clinch the deal but Clegg's reply was 'he'll be back tomorrow' So he was but at Burnley !!!! The truth of the matter is that Mr Clegg is out of his depth in football and so it seems in negotiating skills. Did you know that it was Clegg who decided that Keane should go with the youngsters last season ? AFTER the renewal of season tickets when many of us were conned. I will continue to support ITFC but will never step foot in Portman Road again whilst Clegg is CEO.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

  • Morning GITS (copyright B Smallpiece 69)! In most organisations, to get a job, you need to have fourteen interviews, undergo six assessment centres and promise not to dip your pen in the company ink. Not so at miniscule ITFC. All done by word of mouth, reputation and possibly video. Of course Keano has no right to complain about not meeting General. He could have demanded it. But he was desperate for a job. And the Invisible Man told him not to bother. Keano never cared about ITFC. The Invisible Man doesn't care. And nor does General. FOG! COYB!

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    Sir Basil Smallpiece

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • Rob Steroo, presumably you too were attending matches at PR during the Sheepshanks era as well as under the current regime. If no,t how is it that you seem to know so much about the affairs at the club or perhaps you don't !!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

  • What a load of sour grapes, from the expert in that field of play. It would never surprise me if he never became a manager again, WHO? would want him.

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    ged scott

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • Wondered how long it would be before Keane started to blame someone else.He did the same at Sunderland. The guy almost wrecked our club with poor ex Sunderland or Irish players mainly.It was his tactics ,substutions,selections etc etc..I know from within the club his man management was one directional--confrontational.All players need a different approach. Jon walters said it as it was.It was the first time I was going to give up my season ticket after 50 yrs if he had stayed. Best he keeps quiet and looks at himself and sticks to walking the dog!! It would be better if he kept quiet

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    Peter Clark

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • I guess Marcus Evans has full control over what deals are offered to players new or old. Few supporters will disagree that we need stability at the Club to progress forward. Roy Keane needs to reflect on who chose the players that arrived & left during his time in charge. My guess is it was not Simon Clegg or Marcus Evans.

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    Neil Gedny

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • Sadly, JPW appears uneasy that ordinary people can have their own views. His so-called label of 'corporate' responses proves that he has little capacity to accept criticism himself, and indeed he will not have views stated that oppose his own. The actual truth when relating to on-the-pitch football matters, is that Messrs Clegg and Evans do not pick the team, do not make substitutions, do not take training, do not drop players, do not walk round in a bad mood creating a difficult atmosphere etc etc. You obviously did not see all of the games when Keane was in charge - I missed none of them, I saw them all. I am not concerned with how the likes of Mr Clegg performs when referring directly to match day football matters, which were ALL controlled by the wonderfully charismatic Mr Keane. Roy Keane clearly had a shocking attitude towards the players and appeared to have little regard for the supporters. At the end of his time with us relations were certainly strained and it was indeed Mr Clegg who continued to give him every opportunity to prove himself, even admitting (in a recent interview) that perhaps they had shown a little too much faith in Roy Keane and that perhaps Paul Jewell should have been hired somewhat sooner. Keane is clutching at straws and must shoulder the blame - perhaps he should join Andrea on one of her man management courses then he could blame a few more people instead of himself.

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    Kingfisher

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • Brian Betts...the Major is nothing but a mouthpiece for an invisible man and his 3 suits - none of whom know anything about football but do see a way of cashing in on the 'investment' gifted them by the previous regime. You were presumably happy to go to Portman Road in the Sheepshanks era, despite him leading the club to insolvency twice whilst having the affrontery to expect supporters and shareholders to bale out the club whilst attempting to sell it offshore. The Major, by comparison is but a harmless buffoon.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

  • steven quas did you comment on the goverment fights off labour bill report on another website? keane you spent so much money and acheived nothing, are you saying spending more and more would have helped? i fear not as look what jewell did with the same team. 1.7mill for priskin, he is barely worth 0.5mill. what a joke

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    redhotitfc

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • I think that the implications of the comments made by Keane are long reaching if true, as I suspect that they are. Why did Keane accept the job without meeting Clegg? A serious, serious error Why did Keane get offered the job without Evans or Clegg meeting Keane? An even worse mistake Why is Clegg still here, when he has evidently failed big time. We have been a mid-table side for the past 4 years, and to blame all of the reasons for that on Keane, or Clegg is too simplistic, and even Jewell is now going to discover, as we all are, whether this pre-season will be any different. It could be, we could sign players, for once, we could even sign them early, and Jewell is capable of building a play-off contending team. Sadly, though, I am currently just unable to shake-off the very nasty taste of Norris and Mc Auley walking out of the door for less than the price of a matchday programme! Probably the most consistent two players this season, and all for the sake of allowing too many contracts to run-out (Clegg's responsibility) In addition, the comments made by Clegg, that the club will not be held to ransom, seems, at least in the case of Norris, to be the straw that broke the camel's back. So, I am unconvinced that we will be able to rise from mid-table mediocrity, unless we actually bring hope back into the club. Sadly, with Clegg still here, until the 2012 Olympics, then I just don't see this hope appearing. I will end where I began. How can you possibly appoint a manager without meeting him? It is so mind numbingly stupid, that it is beyond comprehension

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • so glad these comments have been published its just a shame the fans comments are not given the same light of day in this column

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    peter samuels

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • So surprised the EADT didnt 'censor' Roy Keane's comments like it does to any of my posts that even mentions the CEO or the way in which the transfer and contracts saga was allowed to happen.

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    J P W

    Monday, May 9, 2011

  • I am still going to say that Roy Keane was a great footballer and deserves a lot of respect for that but as a manager of Ipswich he just became awful - we all know that and at last he begins to admit it. To blame Mr Clegg is a joke. He had good players right in front of him and just mucked about with them, angering everyone with his obsession of dropping people who played well or who might be outspoken about him. I was not angry before but I am now - we do not need to hear any more fom this person. He failed, and miserably too. He has really had a major effect on this season and potentially next season. I would love to meet him and interview him - give me the chance. All of my questions would be about team selection and motivation - subjects he has little knowledge of. The guy became a joke and the least he could do is to offer to pay for my season ticket for next year - in fact, he should cough up to the value of the undoubted shortfall in numbers for next season.

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    Kingfisher

    Monday, May 9, 2011

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