There was a time not so long ago when Ipswich Town and manager Roy Keane spoke of the the club’s bid to reach the Premier League as if it was a foregone conclusion.

But, after a deeply disappointing first full season in charge, Keane has admitted expectations are now lower, despite having spent millions of pounds since he took charge at Portman Road last April.

“I wouldn’t say expectations are greater than last year because we finished 15th and have lost some players,” he said.

“Jack Colback won our Player of the Year, both from the supporters and the players and he’s gone, we’ve not added and we’ve lost two experienced players (David Wright and Richard Wright).

“So, if anything the expectations are probably lower. But we set ourselves high standards at the club, we didn’t reach them last year and we certainly need to do better."