Keane’s in a perfect storm

ROY Keane is reflecting on his future today after holding his hands up and accepting full responsibility for Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Swansea.

This leaves his team with a Championship relegation fight on its hands.

The manager is making no excuses and who can blame his current worried look after eight defeats in the last 10 league games and having led the Blues to five straight league defeats – the worst record for 16 seasons.

There is something radically wrong despite doing wonders to reach the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

Keane’s team played with a freedom and a hunger against Premier League West Brom on Wednesday, but for the last 30 minutes on Saturday they were unable to cope with the pressure that goes with being in the relegation shake-up.

It might just be the type of performance that leads a manager to consider his position – to wonder whether it is ever going to come right, to wonder whether the squad he built is strong and able enough and to wonder whether tactics and preparation are slick enough.

Town fans are continuing to turn away from him with the lowest crowd of the league season on Saturday with Keane now desperately in need of a win at bottom-placed Preston at Deepdale on Saturday.

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And Keane is set to face some searching questions from shareholders at tomorrow night’s annual general meeting of the football club.

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