Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon believes Roy Keane is in the last chance saloon

SO just where is this season heading under Roy Keane? And how long is Marcus Evans prepared to wait for the success he strives for after investing his millions in the club?

All the noises appear to be suggesting our reclusive owner is prepared to allow the Irishman to the end of the season, when his contract is up, to prove himself.

But after five straight defeats and a trip to bottom-of-the-table Preston looming this weekend, Keane has to be in the last chance saloon now.

It’s eight defeats in the last 10 league games, and we have not been on a slide like this since our relegation from the Premiership in 1994-95, which shows how serious it is.

A win at Deepdale, which won’t be easy after they almost took all three points off Cardiff at the weekend, is now surely a must. And with home games coming up against resurgent Leicester and Watford sides, the road ahead doesn’t look easy.

I cannot remember an Ipswich Town side defending as badly as in recent weeks. The injury to Gareth McAuley has certainly been at the heart of this, which made the decision to leave Damien Delaney out of the squad on Saturday baffling. He was at fault for our thrashing at Carrow Road, but to not even have him on the bench, when he is our only fit experienced defender, was crazy.

Likewise I couldn’t get my head around dropping Jamie Peters, the best player on the park in our Carling Cup quarter-final win over West Brom, in favour of Gianni Zuiverloon. He was awful against Norwich and didn’t show me much more promise in the 3-1 loss on Saturday. If the fans are perplexed about selections, what do the players think?

Undoubtedly the game could have ended differently if Andy D’Urso had of awarded a blatant penalty at 2-1 down, but this rut goes deeper than one refereeing decision.

Ultimately we ended up paying the price for our defensive frailties and a lack of cutting edge up front. As lively as Jason Scotland and Tamas Priskin have looked of late, neither of them have mustered a goal in their last six games.

The style of football under Keane has also been a big concern for me. Watching Swansea dictate large passages of play in the first half with their crisp passing harked back to how we used to proudly play.

For the moment I’d be happy with any sort of ugly football that won us a few games to ease the threat of sinking into a relegation fight, but long-term it is not the Ipswich way. In my eyes Marcus Evans has a lot to ponder at present.