Exclusive: Keano is on the move!
Super Blues manager Roy Keane looks set for a big and stressful move, The Evening Star can reveal today.
IPSWICH: Super Blues manager Roy Keane looks set for a big and stressful move, The Evening Star can reveal today.
But it's not from Ipswich Town's hallowed Portman Road - instead, the Irishman is preparing to leave the Suffolk coast behind - and move a little inland with his wife and children.
According to reports, the sometimes fearsome boss, idolised by football fans around the world, is set to leave his rented home at Aldeburgh for a new abode in the Woodbridge area
While the Star will not reveal exact locations of the potential addresses of the new Keane residence, we can speculate on possible reasons for the move.
Keane has been enjoying life in the Aldeburgh area - taking splendid and bracing walks along the shingle beach towards Thorpeness and Sizewell with his loyal hounds alongside.
But the recent big freeze left him stranded on a couple of occasions - even forcing him to postpone a press conference when the snowfall was at its heaviest.
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While there may be other geographical reasons for the flit, the Woodbridge area would be a 25-minute drive to the club's Playford Road training ground on the east side of Ipswich.
Keane is known for running his Ipswich Town machine with precision - never wanting to be late for training and leading his players by example.
And Woodbridge, of course, has plenty of attractions.
Alex Paul, tourism manager at Choose Suffolk, said: “Woodbridge offers an authentic and rural experience.
“The town is traditional in a very positive way, a real place of quality.
“There are wonderful restaurants, waterfront walks, lots of great boutiques, galleries and, if Roy Keane likes golf, Ufford Park is next door with a health spar for the family.”
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Keane captained Manchester United from 1997 until 2005
He earnt 66 caps for the Republic of Ireland during a 14-year international career
Before choosing football as his preferred sport, Keane took up boxing at the age of nine.
Keane supported Celtic and Tottenham as a boy.
A guide to three great Woodbridge walks:
The Tide Mill Walk:
Rambling website East Suffolk Line Walks describes this as a “short, popular stroll along the bank path of the tidal Deben, with views across the river to Sutton Hoo”.
The route passes close to the famous Tide Mill at Woodbridge where walkers can gaze on at the boating activity and wading birds on the exposed mud flats.
The Fynn Valley Walk:
The Fynn Valley Walk traverses some of the most picturesque countryside in East Anglia. The view from the National Trust's property at Kyson Hill is highly recommended.
The Deben Valley Walk:
Although less well known than the tidal estuary, the upper River Deben and its smaller tributaries flow through some of Suffolk's most delightful and characteristic countryside.
The route passes through the picturesque village of Ufford, where the village stocks can be seen outside the churchyard gate near the tower.