"Can't stop now" says Keane

In a noticeably lyrical press conference, Roy Keane has outlined the reasons for joining Ipswich Town, describing his alienation while unemployed since leaving Sunderland – and hinting that he may now be a very different man.

"Try to understand that I'm trying to make a move just to stay in the game," emoted Keane. "I try to stay awake and remember my name, but everybody's changing and I don't feel the same."

Explaining how he had filled the time by taking his dog Triggs for long walks, the Irishman hinted at deep despair during his time out of football.

"I walked across an empty land," he explained. "I knew the pathway like the back of my hand. I felt the earth beneath my feet; sat by the river and it made me complete."

"So why don't we go somewhere only we know"  

As melancholy piano music filled the press conference, Keane continued to open his heart as to why he suddenly returned to the game.

"I noticed tonight that the world has been turning, while I've been stuck here withering away," he wailed, before revealing that Ipswich players could expect full commitment to the cause.

"I can't slow down for no one in town," he pledged. "And I can't stop now for no one. The motion keeps my heart running."

Reflecting on the heartbreak caused by leaving his first managerial post, Keane looked close to breaking point."Is it any wonder I'm tired? Is it any wonder that I feel uptight? Is it any wonder I don't know what's right?," he asked a stunned press conference. "Oh, these days, after all the misery you made, is it any wonder that I feel afraid? Is it any wonder that I feel betrayed?"

At which point the music stopped and Keane left the stage.

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