ITFC pressure mounts - is it the Exit-Factor for Keano?

PRESSURE is swirling around Ipswich Town manager’s Roy Keane’s head - with his team in a nosedive towards the relegation places of the Championship.

The big question for Town fans is – will Keano walk, be pushed or limp on?

With NO points from 18 on offer – and a calamitous slide down the table – it isn’t looking good for the legendary Irishman.

Owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg will continue their fevered talks about the future direction of the club all weekend.

But with such an abysmal run, and Keane himself looking dejected and beaten, it seems only a matter of time before his term at Portman Road comes to an end.

The football icon may, as he has stated, decide that he has done all he can to resurrect a once top-rated football club.

That could see him walk away from the Blues while a search for a successor is launched.

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But the club has a real dilemma – who could step in as a temporary boss while a permanent leader is secured?

Keane’s backroom staff doesn’t shine with wannabe leaders – someone like Newcastle’s ex-boss, Chris Hughton, who emerged from the background to lead the Toon Army back to the Premier League.

It’s anyone’s guess when the crucial decisions will be made – but there will be a few days of high tension at Portman Road before Town take on Leicester, in front of TV cameras next Saturday evening.

Who will be in the dug-out is anyone’s guess – but the odds are stacked against Keane.

Six league defeats on the trot says everything and the players appear to have lost all their x factor.

That means a likely exit factor for Roy – watch this space....