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Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra responds to criticism of team from media and fans

PUBLISHED: 10:30 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 March 2017

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra

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Experienced defender Christophe Berra says his Ipswich Town team-mates and manager, Mick McCarthy, do not allow fans’ criticism to affect them too much.

A growing number of Blues supporters have become disgruntled this season, with no-one, from the owner, down to the players, immune from stick.

The manager, plus a large number of the squad that reached the play-offs in 2015 remain and have not repeated the levels of performance they became accustomed to.

However, many see this as a failing of owner Marcus Evans, who has seemingly only afforded McCarthy a modest budget in which to build on that success.

A current eight-match unbeaten run looks, on paper, to be a sign of improvement, but seven of those games have ended in draws, meaning Town are still not safe from the clutches of the Championship drop-zone with nine games to go.

Berra, who travels with 16th-placed Town to 13th-placed Cardiff on Saturday, said: “It doesn’t matter where you are, which club you are at, fans have all got opinions and can be very fickle as well.

“It doesn’t matter if you are in the play-offs, there will be fans that don’t like the manager and some who love him.

“It’s the same here, the majority of fans like Mick McCarthy, but there will be some that don’t like him.

“There will be a lot that like me and a lot that don’t, that’s part and parcel of football, being in the limelight, that’s the nature of the beast really.”

Last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley saw the Blues put in another disappointing performance, and Berra says such displays will bring increased scrutiny, not only from the terraces, but also from the local and national media.

“The manager has been in this situation many times before, he is thick-skinned, just like the players are,” added former Hearts defender, Berra.

“It’s sport, that’s what your (media) job is to do, to write stories, and probably lots of negative stories to sell newspapers.

“That is the job, when you are in the spotlight, you have got to take the stick and take it on the chin.”

15 comments

  • Now Mick Mccarthy's arrogance is starting to filter down to the player's. Berra your a cart horse that needs to live in the real world and not the Mick " I am the world's best manager " Mccarthy's self delusional wonderland. Do us a favour and go back to Scotland and play semi pro football with Hearts that's all your fit for !

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    Lee B Blue

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Berra as the saying goes if you don't like the heat get out of the kitchen and where on earth did you assume that most of the fans think McCarthy's a good manager you must live in yoir own little world if you or any of the other players thinks that

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    Bacon & Egg

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Whymarmariner...It is a well known fact that most footballers have very little between their ears..a brain is something that is severely lacking!

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    Confused.com

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • If you go to a show and it's rubbish you say so, if you go to a shop and the service is c**p you say so and don't go again. Why do players or a Manager think that they should not be criticised, not only have they been bad for one show they have been bad for months. It's not Mr. Evans who pays the players wages it's the fans so before having a go at those loyal fans who have had to put up with limp unexciting fare Mr. Berra should engage his brain before he put's his mouth into gear.

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    whymarkmariner

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • This newspaper have nothing better to write about so they just keep banging that drum about ITFC and all its problems over and over again. It is boring now. Anything to wind the supporters up and sad folk like me who read these poor articles. This football club has been ruined by the two previous owners and there ain,t nothing we can do except avoid giving them your money. Which many fans have chosen to do, refusing to go to Portaloo Road.

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    chantry

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • It does not surprise me at all no one at ITFC cares what the fans think. In fact it is so obvious from their performances and various statements they all make. Micksy is so far up his own backside that he probably would not hear any criticism even if he wanted to. As for the players though I hoped they would mind a bit as a few of them would have difficulty finding another cosy undemanding club such as ours ready to over pay them for little effort and even less ability. I have said it before that the only thing they will listen to is the silence of the turnstiles when supporters finally realise the only way to change things is to not pay to watch. I still do not understand why people pay good money and waste time watching such dross when they could be enjoying other local sport. It will sink in one day.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • I hate articles like this because they reek of the acceptance of mediocrity. Town fans are NOT fickle and most do not criticise quickly or without reason BUT they are sick to death of mid table, no ambition, half hearted mediocrity. We are NOT a big club but we WERE a big club and could be again if the signs were there that the Club itself shared that opinion. But they don't. I am convinced that Marcus Evans has lost interest and would unload it given half a chance to get his money back and Mick McCarthy for all his good points knows it and is just treading water until a better offer comes up. The probability at the moment is that ITFC will get worse not better and that relegation this season or next is on the cards. The town of Ipswich and the fans deserve better not just the odd high when we grab a point or two. We are a boring gutless club who don't deserve the fans they have. It's time for radical change at the club and if not taken voluntarily, it will be forced on us by relegation. Sorry, but I am sick to death of it all!

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    John Maynard

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Walberswicks. "Suffolk a terrible place to live" Most of the rubbish written on here I can let pass me by but not that statement. Suffolk is a great place to live .

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    Vilgar

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Berra - the definition of 'fickle' is 'changing frequently' - if you look at the posts on here you'll see we consistently regarded your performances & the teams ownership & management as rubbish !!!!

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • This article demonstrates everything which is currently wrong with ITFC. The owner and managers' arrogance and complete disregard for the fans is rubbing off on overpaid players - who like Evans simply don't care. Calling the fans 'very fickle' - should result in Berra's sacking. But I suspect will be well rewarded by a manager who has no respect. ITFC is a disgrace. A shadow of what it once was - yet the likes of Berra shrug their shoulders and expect the fans to accept it. EVANS AND McCARTHY OUT!

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    Jason

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • blame the fans, bottom sick mick and the players are the victims here

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    walberswicks

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • ..."Experienced defender Christophe Berra says his Ipswich Town team-mates and manager, Mick McCarthy, do not allow fans’ criticism to affect them too much."...well that is stating the obvious as the whole team and management structure is a shambles!..As for you Mr Berra you have made it pretty obvious that you want out of Ipswich...Sometimes it is best to keep these thoughts to yourself...What was the old war time phrase?..."Careless talk costs lives"...!!

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    Confused.com

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Is anyone else sick of hearing from Berra? It is never anyones fault at the club for how bad performances have been this season, and it is the second time he has said we expect to much and punching above our weight (refer to another article). A few weeks back at least Tommy Smith and Chambers had the guts to be honest and frank with the fans. The man is simply counting the days to when he can leave!

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    alotofpuff

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • its rather telling that all the players support the status quo, happy with 17th in the table and all happy with Bottom six mick.

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    walberswicks

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • why should anyone listen to you? you can't wait to get out of Suffolk. terrible place to live

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    walberswicks

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

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