Roy Keane has been appointed manager of Championship side Ipswich Town.
The former Manchester United midfielder and Republic of Ireland international has signed a 2 year contract and replaces Jim Magilton who was sacked on Wednesday.
Having been unemployed since resigning as Sunderland manager at the back end of 2008, Keane said:
I truly believe I am joining a club that has the potential, ambition and infrastructure to once again be a Premier League side.
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.
It’s understood that the Evans targeted Keane over a week ago. Since arriving at the club, Evans has spent £12 million on new players but became frustrated as the East Anglian club missed out on a play off spot.
Coach Bryan Klug will oversee this weekend’s game at high flying Cardiff City although Keane will be in attendance.