Keane wants quick Walters sale

15 August 2010 10:19
Ipswich manager Roy Keane is eager to sell reported Stoke and West Brom target Jon Walters after dropping him from the team on Saturday.[LNB] The wantaway forward has been stripped of the captaincy and was also disciplined by the Irishman before Saturday's 1-1 draw against Burnley.[LNB]Walters has been linked with Premier League sides Stoke and West Brom and the striker has informed Keane of his desire to leave Portman Road.[LNB]Keane left the forward out of his squad to face the Clarets as the former Sunderland boss was not happy with the player's reaction to being stripped of the captaincy.[LNB]The Tractor Boys looked set for all three points when David Norris scored with four minutes remaining after Clarets defender David Edgar had been sent off.[LNB]But Clarke Carlisle's stoppage-time goal gave the 10 men a point.[LNB]Keane revealed the reason behind Walters' absence after the game and also said he hopes to add to his squad next week.[LNB]"Jon was due to play but I spoke to him on Friday and I've been thinking about the captaincy." said Keane.[LNB]"For a player with a clear desire to leave, I don't think it's right he should be captain. I thought it was a straightforward one.[LNB]"Jon's reaction was unbelievably overboard.[LNB]"He's been disciplined and as long as I'm manager of this football club he'll never kick a ball for us.[LNB]"We hope a deal can be done quickly but until we get the fee we want it'll drag on a bit longer."[LNB]He added: "I'm quietly confident we'll have three players in next week because a week into the season we're down to bare bones."[LNB]Keane remained upbeat despite the late lapse which denied his side victory.[LNB]He said: "I thought it was absolutely brilliant - a good game, good tempo, good spirit, good energy.[LNB]"We were up against it. Physically, they looked stronger and by the end my team looked unbelievably small, in terms of height.[LNB]"The average height of their team must have been 6ft 1ins. The average height of ours was probably 5ft 1ins.[LNB]"If ever we were going to concede it was from a set-piece because they've got some big, big lads.[LNB]"But they've got massive hearts and I'm proud of them. They gave me 100%."[LNB]Burnley boss Brian Laws hailed the never-say-die attitude of his players.[LNB]He said: "I was probably the happier of the managers because with 10 men it was always going to be tough.[LNB]"To concede in that last period was tough on the players because I thought we were in control for large portions of the game.[LNB]"Having said that, neither goalkeeper really had a lot to do.[LNB]"There was a lot of good interplay but the final pass was a little lacking.[LNB]"The players showed energy and commitment right to the end so I was delighted."

Source: Team_Talk