Keane sets Ipswich top-six target

06 August 2010 10:31
Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane has set his side the target of finishing in the Championship play-offs this season.Town had to settle for 15th in Keane's first full campaign in charge, a position that failed to fall in line with the club's expectations. [LNB]He told BBC Look East: "We certainly need to do better than last year, obviously there were high expectations. [LNB]"We got nowhere near what we hoped. We certainly need a better start and I want to be in that top six." [LNB]Keane was under pressure at times during the last campaign when fans expressed their frustration with a start that failed to produce a win in the the first 14 games. [LNB]"The pressure always comes from within anyway," he said. [LNB]"You know when you don't reach the targets you set out and we didn't do that last year, there's no hiding from that. [LNB]"We've got some very loyal fans who keep coming back and when they're dissatisfied it obviously puts pressure on the manager."[LNB] There's usually fun and games with negotiations as you would expect, particularly with certain clubs, particularly with certain managers, so I'd expect this one to drag on a little longer Roy Keane on Stoke's offer for Jon Walters "I enjoy that side of the game, I've been involved with football for many, many years and I know particularly if you don't get the results pressure builds." [LNB]Keane has not overseen the overhaul many envisaged during the summer, a few have been released while Alex Bruce and Owen Garvan were sold to Leeds and Crystal Palace respectively. [LNB]Three have come in, but 19-year-old Conor Hourihane, by Keane's own admission, will be spending time in the reserves before he is seen in a first-team shirt. [LNB]Striker Jon Walters, who Keane described as the second best player in the Championship last season, could be set to leave. [LNB]Keane confirmed Stoke were in talks over a transfer fee for the 26-year-old. [LNB]He said: "I think it will be the next week or two, the Premier League doesn't start for another week. [LNB]"There's usually fun and games with negotiations as you would expect, particularly with certain clubs, particularly with certain managers, so I'd expect this one to drag on a little longer." [LNB]Walters will be available to Keane for Saturday's season opener at Middlesbrough, but he will be without long-term injury concerns Damien Delaney and Connor Wickham.

Source: BBC_Sport