Roy Keane's reign as Ipswich Town manager appears to be over.

The club have called a press conference for 11am this morning, at which they are expected to confirm his departure.

Keane has been in the position for 20 months but appears to have paid the price for a dreadul run of form, including seven defeats in nine league games.

Town are languishing just three points above the npower Championship relegation zone.

Rumours of his sacking first surfaced on the internet last night but nothing was confirmed by the club.

However, the press conference was announced shortly before 8am this morning.

Former Bradford and Wigan boss Paul Jewell is being touted as a firm favourite, with one bookmaker refusing to take any more bets on him.

Ex-Newcastle United man Chris Hughton is also apparently in the frame, as is long-time Charlton Athletic chief Alan Curbishley.