Roy Keane's contract 'amicably terminated' at Ipswich Town FC

PUBLISHED: 11:50 07 January 2011

IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg confirmed at a press conference this morning (Friday) that Roy Keane has had his contract as manager 'amicably terminated'.

The Blues have installed assistant manager Charlie MacParland as caretaker manager for this Sunday’s FA Cup third round match at Premier League side Chelsea.

The decision was made following a telephone conversation between owner Marcus Evans and Keane yesterday, with the latter understood to be releasing a statement at a later date.

Clegg refused to comment on speculation as to who the new Blues boss would be, saying only that there were numerous candidates and an appointment would be made as soon as possible. Former Wigan boss Paul Jewell has been installed as the bookies favourite.

“Ipswich Town have amicably terminated the contract of manager Roy Keane with immediate effect,” said Clegg.

“It’s a sad day for Ipswich Town Football Club and for me, both on a personal and professional level.

“I’m thankful to Roy Keane for his efforts, dedication and professionalism over the last 20 months, as well the dignity with which he’s handled this difficult situation.

“His reaction to the news is as I would would have hoped and expected from someone I’ve got to know, it was one of disappointment and sadness coupled with acknowledgement, given recent results the support he’s received. He’s wished us best wishes for the future.”

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