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Mick McCarthy says he won’t walk away from Ipswich Town in summer

PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 14 April 2017

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he won’t walk away from Portman Road, wants to build another play-off challenging side and has criticised supporters who claim he has ruined the Blues.

Town manager Mick McCarthy walks on ahead of the Ipswich Town v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 04 February 2017.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.comTown manager Mick McCarthy walks on ahead of the Ipswich Town v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 04 February 2017. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Town head to fifth-bottom Burton Albion tomorrow, nine points clear of the Championship relegation zone with five games to play, before hosting title-chasing Newcastle United on Easter Monday.

The Blues have won just two of their last 15 league games and suffered the humiliation of an FA Cup defeat at non-league Lincoln City earlier in the season.

However, after rescuing the club from near-certain League One football in the 2012-13 season, McCarthy went on to secure three top-10 finishes and led the Blues to the play-offs in 2015.

With that credit in the bank, McCarthy believes he has every right to stay at Portman Road and wants to build another team capable of finishing in the top-six.

“At this moment in time I will be in charge and if that’s the case, then things need to change, of course,” said McCarthy.

“It can be that you are with your players for too long and eventually, they need to change or the manager needs to change.

“If for some reason it’s somebody else (another manager) then it will change because they will want different players.”

He added: “As for some of the stuff about ‘Mick McCarthy you’ve ruined our club’, that’s the biggest load of cobblers I have ever heard.

“I saved the club from relegation and I have had three top-10 finishes. The one time I have a bad season then people have turned their backs on me which is a bit of a surprise and it’s disappointing.

“But hey-ho, I am not walking away. I have a year’s contract to run and unless something else is done, no, I am not going, no way.

“I am looking forward to getting enough points to make sure we stay in this league. I will go and have a break, and I will come back full of vim and vigour again.”

McCarthy replaced Paul Jewell in November 2012 with Town five points adrift at the bottom of the Championship.

He then led the team to finishes of ninth, sixth and seventh, before this season’s disappointment.

“I would like to have it as it was two years ago, even last season,” McCarthy admitted.

“We have had three top-10 finishes, I saved them from relegation, is what I did, three top-10 finishes and this year it’s been bad.

“I don’t think it’s been justified what has gone on, to be honest with you, and my intention is to stay on and build another team that is hopefully as successful as the one when we finished sixth

“If that p****s off a lot of people, so be it.”

38 comments

  • Why would any manager resign, given that they are guaranteed a big pay-off ifwhen they get sacked?! McCarthy's arrogance is astounding. He ignores those who support him and moans about his detractors, without ever accepting blame for failings - he either finds excuses or says he doesn't know why things have gone wrong! He doesn't care, and to be honest, why should he - it must be wonderful being paid so much with the knowledge that it doesn't matter at all if you fail.

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    Jim Strobe

    Friday, April 14, 2017

  • To be fair with Mick staying we won't have to worry about relegation next season. Marcus Evans is the real problem at Ipswich and in all honesty far too many clubs have bypassed us over the years that the best we can hope for as Ipswich supporters is remaining a Championship club. I truly believe if Mick left we would drop down to league one within two to three years if not sooner.

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    Stat-Matt

    Friday, April 14, 2017

  • Hey Ho I have renewed my season ticket and confident Mick will turn things round, we are lucky to have a Championship side in Ipswich especially with all the fickle so called supporters. I always say this but I remember the same so called supporters calling for Bobby Robson to be sacked. I envisage a statue in bronze of Mick McCarthy standing near the chip stall in Portman Road. Just imagine Ipswich in the premiership playing Man United at home and our never ending roadworks the visiting supporters wouldn't get home til Tuesday. Be careful what you wish for.

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    TREVOR SIMPSON

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Oye !!!!!!! Leave the man alone. This is amounting to a hate crime. MM is not the problem. The funding of players is. Get behind your team rather than sit there long faced moaning. Your moany attitudes rub of on the staff hence the results. Mr Evans give the supporters what they want and get that promotion needed. Big pay day if thats achieved.

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    Cryptic

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Same old, same old. Mickey me Boy is staying, TC also, what else could TC stand for I wonder, oh yeah, better not say huh? Evans conning people with false lies trying to entice them to renew season tickets and then kicking you in the googlies and spending jack sh**. Yeah well, he's succeeded before with the faithful few believing his BS so reckon he thinks he can do it again. Oh yeah, let's role out that guy in the 60's suit to reinforce the company line, Milne yeah that's his name, looks like a bank manager from Dad's Army doesn't he? If any of you and I mean, ANY OF YOU, believe this clap trap then please go and live in a cave. After all, there's no excuse for ignorance.

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    tell-it-as-it-is

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Evans obviously thinks sacking Mick and having to pay him off is not on so will put that money into a transfer kitty instead for Mick to spend in the summer. The rumour that lots of players will leave at the end of the season to save more money suggests next seasons squad will be as dull and lacking quality as this seasons. Evans knows nothing about running a football club and has employed two useless managing directors to run a failing business.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Rebuild a new side that's 10 new players Sorry that's 11 goal keeper on way to premiership Wonder who wants last big pay day before going on the tip My mind made up our 3 season tickets will not be renewed Sad day ME get him out then go your self

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    K50

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • How very, very depressing for all of us. His dreadful tactics are the cause of our problems. Evans needs to bite the bullet and sack him, actually that should be an easy decision with the pathetic season ticket sales.

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    TESMITH2

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Oh! my god I can hear the groan from ITFC fans from here many miles away. Well that should make your plans clear about next seasons season tickets not to buy them and save your hard earned cash. As everyone knows they have gone up in price what!! to watch mcarthys rubbish team again playing their boring defensive football....never!! Lets face facts folks....theres better teams within easy driving distance to watch.

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    ged scott

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Now hears a rumour, Bialkowski to Newcastle and Murphy coming back in part exchange.

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    Poet

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • It is painful to see this club in such a depressing state and everyone is sick and tired of the damage being done to this great football club. McCarthy is gripping on to his ego and his job despite the supporters walking away from the club in their thousands. Evans does not want to fork out money on anything it seems. This stranglehold will surely cause more discontent and more criticism. McCarthy and Conner have to go now, enough is enough.

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    chantry

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Be careful what you wish for people, who remembers the last time Town were promoted. People with money came out of the woodwork and snaffled up season tickets by the bucket loads while the regular supporters never got a look in. So did these people pay to watch town, nope, they paid to watch Chelsea's and Liverpool's and other top clubs of the Premier league who came to Portman Road. I was one of the regular supporters who could not get a season ticket for that very reason, as far as this club is concerned its money in the bank, no more no less, where this money comes from they could not care less. If town does manage to get into the premiership the cash will start to roll in and it will not matter where it comes from, They do not give a toss about regular supporters

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    thundercat

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Solved my first Cluedo Marcus Evans with a Mick McCarthy with boring football

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    chantry boy

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • That's my season ticket form in the bin then.

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    Monkey1986

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Those who were undecided about renewing have just had their decision made much easier.

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    Deben73

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • And finally MM. I find you irritating and you bring shame to this club with foul mouthed language. I don't give a s###. And I don't give a t##s about the fans. Well MM this is for you. F##k Off and take your sidekick with you.

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    bluey

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • For a man who claims not to read local papers or listen to local radio he seems remarkably well informed about how alienated just about all fans feel. It's a shame he doesn't care and can't see why. He has taken an under-achieving squad to safety in his first season, then overseen the loss of just about all quality players owned by the club, and introduced the most turgid, defensive, hit and hope football I have ever seen from professional footballers at this level. His team selections have baffled even other managers, and we have been gifting points all season from errors and poor defending, coupled with a total inability to maintain possession or attack with any fluency thanks to the selection of too many similar defenders and midfielders. This is not because we don't have some creative players it is because McCarthy doesn't know what he is doing and because he can't coach a proper football team to win games he prefers to try and not lose them by packing the team with those willing to put their foot in. No one however has blamed McCarthy alone for ruining the club, Evans needs little help with that, but I can't think of another manager who would appear so content with his job while all the best players leave and there is no budget to replace them. This is, I am afraid, all about Evans and he has found a loyal servant to help him limit what he puts in to virtually nothing. The only solution is for both of them to go if a new owner can be found with deep enough pockets to persuade Evans to go even further into hiding than he already is.

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    ColonelChester

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • What a joker you have become MM. Firstly Town are not safe from relegation just yet. Your negative style of football will never challenge the top six, far from it. Evans you the owner need to sort this mess out, I gave up my season ticket last year and will not renewal until this joker goes. I had this misfortune of watching Town v Wigan recently as a friend of mine was unable to go, he has decided not to renewal next season as have a small section of fans whom I was speaking to because of MM. MM OUT.

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    bluey

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Further to my last post, just think what we are going to be left with, none of the loan players, no Bialkowski, just a squad of very ordinary players. How many actually think that ITFC have players who actually possess the potential to play in The Premiership? We've all seen the quality that is required to be able to compete with the likes of Chealsea, Spurs, Man City, Man Utd etc, etc, etc, or for that matter, just to survive there. I don't see it, not even in the young players. Dozzell and Bishop have yet to show that level of potential, perhaps they eventually will, perhaps they won't. Who else is there?

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    Poet

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • I'm guessing of course, but I think that Evans has persuaded McCarthy to stay. Why do I think that, well money of course, what else. Where else is McCarthy going to earn that sort of money? Evans track record proves that he knows very little about football, and wouldn't reckognise a decent player with potential if one fell on him. I believe that he honestly thinks that this squad of ITFC players IS actually good enough to get us promoted, bless him. McCarthy is happy to go along with that, stay another year, hope to leave us in The Championship, then leave complaining of not being given the money to buy decent players, hoping that his CV won't be too badly dented.

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    Poet

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Can this get any worse? A manager with an inflated ego is now challenging a recluse of an owner to put up or shut up. And to make matters worse rather than appeal to supporters to back him for increased funding he has yet another negative jibe at them. I think MM has had enough of ME and having to manage with pennies that he's now saying sack me or back me. MM has talked about the need to compete....his way of saying give me some reasonable funds in the Summer. The ball is now clearly in ME's court. Despite hating everything MM has said over the last six months I think he may have played this one rather cleverly.

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    Bluemoses

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • McCarthy keeps harping on about him saving this club from relegation when he took over from Jewell. I'm sure that most fans remember a character in the Oil production industry called Red Adaire. Basically, if an oil rig etc caught fire, he was the guy who they sent for to put it out. Once he'd put it out though, he was astute enough not to hang around to try and manage it. He knew his limitations. That's where McCarthy should of stood down. He did it by using the same old tactics that he can't help reverting to now, we all know what they are, pick defensive midfielders, boot it upfield and generally try and stifle the opposition into defeat by utter boredom. As for the top 10 finishes, wow, I must have missed something, is that actually a good achievement for this club? Most of those finishes were over achievements by a sub standard squad, managed by a sub standard manager. This man has nothing to shout about.

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    Poet

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Would that be a 'play off' place to get us promoted to The Championship McCarthy? You didn't specify, if you think that you can do it from Championship to Premiership with this squad, and your inept tactics and team selections, you are definitely whistling in the wind.

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    Poet

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • While the greed and ludicrous sense of entitlement of the vile gravy train rider is both laughable and sickening, his overt touting for a million pound payoff simply reflects the grubby money-grabbing approach that is rife at Toutland Road from top to bottom. It is shameful and embarrassing that idiots support it.

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    Pundit

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Town fans haven't said Mick McCarthy is killing our Club. That accolade was levied at Marcus Evans. However Town fans do voice their concerns about MM's boring , negative, ultra defensive tactics.This IS directed at Mick and is a core reason why so many fans are not renewing. Evans needs to put up ( support the manager to a meaningful level), or sell up and let a new owner who does have ambition to take Town forward. Over to you Mr Evans!

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • That reminds me, must go out and have a meal at that restaurant where the toilet has s**t all over the floor, the chef walks around scratching his a**e and the waitress is on penicillin, the beer glasses have finger prints all over them and the contents are lovely and warm which is more than can be said for the food. Just in case anyone else wants to go there it's called the "Hotel Dysentery"

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • So IF Mick is intent on staying and building another team, let's see his retained list at the end of the season. How many of " Micks Mates" will actually be leaving?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Oh dear. Mick waiting for a payoff. Over to you Mr Evans.

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    Jason

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • So in Micksy Mouths world it is OK for him to claim the supporters know nothing about football, refer to them as punters and feel they should be grateful to have him there every week boring the pants of us. However it is not fair for anyone to criticise him!! Well I am cool about that and accept he has the right to do what he wants. I also have the right to do what I want and that is to spend my leisure time in more worthwhile and pleasant places than Portman Road not listening to a foul mouthed moron taking his paying customers completely for granted. Hope I am wrong but I feel time is up for ITFC.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • The club have to start buying the players they want this summer not lame excuses that they cant compete with the players wages. Look at everybody else in the lower divisions they have played good football. And a non league team that made us look like amitures we need to strengthen are defence thats were the goals have been coceede. If the club start saying they are going to buy some players that are exicting players dont kid every fan and say wages were to high beacause thats like putting petrol on the fire and that will upset the fans even more. And mick dont get your cast offs from your old clubs that are no use and should be in sunday league football. Look for exciting players please if your staying.

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    Chris Taberner

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Well you have p***ed me off for a start i was under the impression you were going to rethink your situation at the end of the season (your words) so come on Mickey me boy what are you doing for an oncore you have very successfully aileenated the punters sorry fans you are so up yourself it's anoying your foulmouth outbursts are so rude and you are like a tat shop cheap and nasty who would be surprised that the season ticket situation will take a massive reduction so come on micky me boy resign and take TC with you

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    Bacon & Egg

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Why should he walk away, is it because the armchair managers know better than him how to run a football team on a tight budget. If and it is if, ME gives him cash to strengthen the team and get rid of drift wood then there is a good chance that the new team will do well next term. McC is no mug when it comes to football management as his past has proven. I for one and it would seem the only one, thinks he should stay and get us promoted at the end of next season.

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    thundercat

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Now Marcus Evans being a very successful business man will know this theory like the back of his hand. When an employee, or in this case a player or players, fail or performs poorly, managers typically do not blame themselves. The players doesn't understand the game the manager might contend or the players cannot read the game or won't take direction. Whatever the reason, the problem is assumed to be the players fault and the player's responsibility. But is it? Some players are not up to their assigned tasks and never will be, for lack of knowledge, skill or simple desire. But sometimes, and very often, a players poor performance can be blamed largely on his boss.Research has shown that bosses are often complicit in players lack of success. How? By creating a dynamic that essentially sets up under performers to fail. There is the opposite effect where an individual lives up to great expectations but sadly we haven't seen too much of that this season and with most of the current squad it is difficult to see that happening at all. So we are left with the set up to fail syndrome. It describes a dynamic in which players perceived to be mediocre or weak performers, (please refer to our recruitment policy of recent times), live down to the low expectations their manager have for them. This usually results in the failure of the company (team) achieving any success. So draw your own conclusions, but the article says it all, none of this is of my making and I will only leave on the P45 gravy train. If Marcus Evans wants success for ITFC, which is debatable, he must recognise what is going on and take swift and decisive action. Dithering at this stage will mean yet another miserable season in the also rans and possible more to follow. We all know what is required and it will be a massive rebuild from bottom to top. The stage is yours Mr Evans.

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    how'd the town do

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • There goes another thousand season tickets ! The bloke is truly a p***k !!

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    Lee B Blue

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • "Mick McCarthy won’t walk away from Portman Road, wants to build another play-off challenging side and has criticized supporters who claim he has ruined the Blues.".....How dare this arrogant man criticize supporters...sorry customers.....Yes these are the fans that fork out good money to watch rubbish, week in week out, and have a right to express their views..McCarthy's foul mouthed responses are out of order and unnecessary...I know he has said he takes no notice of internet S**t (his words), but that just confirms the man's arrogance....I had a lot of time for him when he first took over and will acknowledge the great job he did after the other two disasters Keane & Jewell. However he has now alienated me and some other 10,000 customers (sorry supporters), with his bland football and sorry second rate team...Now the second rate team is not all his fault as you can only work with the quality you have, and ME has made that perfectly clear that he does not want to spend any money to help. However you should be trying to get your customer base back on your side, not effing and jeffing at them and pretending they do not count..

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    Confused.com

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Mick will hang around, like a bad odour, until he's fired or his contract ends, whichever comes first. He wants the cash. Like all of the spiv's previous football employees, he won't work again after leaving Ipswich.

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    Lazlo

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • It what other entertainment business would a manager be allowed to come out and talk to customers like this, especially in that language? There is a old man who lives down the road road from me that got like this, aggressive and swearing all the time. I think he needs to see a doctor, or at least put in a retirement home.

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    russell mariner

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Taxi for McCarthy, I will pay for it !

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    Macke

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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