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Pressure grows on Roy Keane at Ipswich

The knives are out for Roy Keane in Ipswich, with a local campaign to oust the Corkman stepping up a gear yesterday.

Following Monday's 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, the Evening Star newspaper dedicated its entire front page to a call for Keane's dismissal, with the headline 'Time for change, Marcus', aimed at the club's reclusive owner Marcus Evans.

Ipswich have slipped to 19th in the table following 10 defeats in 14 league games, and Keane argued with supporters in the wake of the latest loss, at home to Nottingham Forest.

The former Manchester United midfield hardman was at the club yesterday, and watched Ipswich play a behind-closed-doors friendly match with Crystal Palace.

However, his position is shaky, with a growing feeling that he will be shown the door once the club's interest in the FA Cup and Carling Cup ends; they play Chelsea in the former competition on Sunday, and Arsenal in the Carling semi-final first leg next Wednesday.

Local Ipswich press are calling for an immediate change due to the club's falling attendances and precarious financial situation.

Either way, Keane will likely be out of a job at the end of the season when his contract expires, despite the backing of former Republic of Ireland team-mate Mark Kennedy.

“I'll tell you when the manager's time is up,” said Kennedy, “It's when players performances and attitudes dip, when they look like they don't care and don't get upset when they lose.

“Anyone watching Ipswich can see that the players are fully committed.”

It may not be enough to save their beleaguered manager.

And three more managers were axed yesterday, making it five in 2011 already.

Phil Parkinson was sacked by League One side Charlton following the Addicks 4-2 defeat by Danny Wilson’s Swindon Town on Monday.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Dennis Wise is the favourite to take over at The Valley.

Also on the look-out for a new jobs are Chris Hutchings who was sacked by Walsall and Paul Simpson who was surplus to requirements at Stockport County.

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