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Friday, April 24, 2009

Ipswich appoints Keane manager

IPSWICH, England (AP) Roy Keane was appointed the new manager of under-achieving Ipswich on Thursday with the task of taking it back to the Premier League.

The League Championship club announced that the former Manchester United midfielder, who left as manager of Sunderland in December, was appointed to get the club back into the top tier. Keane replaces Jim Magilton, who was fired on Wednesday.

Keane got Sunderland promoted in his first season in charge in 2007 but the club failed to make a big impact in the top flight. Ninth-place Ipswich was last in the Premier League seven seasons ago but has missed out on promotion again.

"I truly believe that I am joining a club that has the potential, ambition and infrastructure to once again be a Premier League side," Keane said on the team's Web site. "The club's owner (Marcus Evans) and chief executive (Simon Clegg) impressed upon me their total focus on achieving this quest at the earliest opportunity and I can't wait to get started."

Clegg, who worked on London's successful bid to stage the 2012 Olympics and was Britain's team leader at last year's Olympics where it won its best medal haul for 100 years, was appointed chief executive of Ipswich on Monday.

"The appointment of Roy Keane further demonstrates our commitment to help Ipswich Town Football Club achieve our aim of returning to the Premier League at the earliest possible opportunity," Clegg said. "Roy has experienced promotion as Championship winners as a manager and, importantly, then kept his side in English football's top flight, and I am looking forward to working with him."

Evans is a wealthy media entrepreneur who bought a controlling interest in the club in December 2007.

"I am delighted that Roy has agreed to join us and we are completely aligned in our ambitions for Ipswich Town," Evans said.

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