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Roy Keane Appointed Ipswich Manager

Championship side Ipswich Town have unveiled Roy Keane as their new manager following the dismissal of Jim Magilton, it was revealed earlier this morning.

Keane - who has been out of work since resigning as Sunderland manager last December - has signed a two-year contract with the Suffolk-based club, but first team coach Bryan Klug will take charge of all preparations for the Tractor Boys’ clash with Cardiff City this weekend while the new manager acclimatises to the club.

“I truly believe I am joining a club that has the potential, ambition and infrastructure to once again be a Premier League side,” said the former Manchester United captain, who will host his first press conference at 16:00 BST this afternoon.

Despite his age, the 37-year-old is certainly not short of managerial experience haven taken over as Sunderland boss in August 2006 with the club languishing second-from-bottom in the Championship. Keane’s appointment made an immediate impact as he led the club to promotion in his first season as manager, and Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans is hoping his appointment will yield similar success this time around.

“We are completely aligned in our ambitions for Ipswich Town,” Evans told the club’s official website. “He has extensive contacts in the game and is a proven winner who encourages his team to play the attractive football that Ipswich Town fans have come to expect. I believe he is the right man to take this club where we want to be – the Premier League.”

Duncan Wilkie
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