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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy hits back at Leeds United counterpart Steve Evans

PUBLISHED: 17:35 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:47 18 January 2016

Leeds United manager Steve Evans

Leeds United manager Steve Evans

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy issued a withering put down of Leeds United counterpart Steve Evans today following the latter’s derogatory comments post-defeat at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

"He can talk can’t he? He certainly gives his jaw some exercise... I don’t know what else."

Mick McCarthy on Steve Evans

Town went behind after just 13 seconds, but grew gradually dominant as the game wore on, equalised through Luke Chambers’ 50th minute header and were full value for Brett Pitman’s stoppage-time winner. It was arguably their best display of the season.

Evans then had to be calmed down in the tunnel by security staff afterwards, labelled the referee ‘garbage’ and dismissed Ipswich as a team that ‘play no football’ in a staggering display of sour grapes.

McCarthy said: “He can talk can’t he? He certainly gives his jaw some exercise... I don’t know what else.

“I thought we were excellent on Tuesday night and all the stats point to that. I don’t understand why people do it. Self-publicists talk a good game.”

He continued: “We played Portsmouth on Saturday and they battered us. I’m honest about that. I’m not happy to say that, I’d prefer not to be saying it, but they were great.

“If we get beat and don’t play very well I’ll say that. Why does it have to always be some outside influence that is the reason why you lose instead of the opposition being good?

“It’s great when you’re on a good run. You can be really magnanimous in being undefeated and winning games, that’s great, but a little bit of honesty and integrity, I find, is really welcome. Not everybody is that way unfortunately.”

Town captain Chambers has already said that he felt Evans’ comments were ‘disrespectful’.

– Chief Football Writer Stuart Watson has his say on Evans’ ‘classless comments’.


  • I remember that Leeds match too. I was gutted! Leeds don't like us much cos we put them in the "Third" Division!

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    lee bard

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • I don't suppose that MM has ever read a word of pundit poops garbage but the saying a self publicist talks a good game, fits him perfectly.

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    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Steve Evans can't be taken seriously with post match comments like that. He certainly can't blame the referee because he let go some pretty robust challenges on Frazer. All at the match, including the away fans who we very quiet, could see that Leeds we just not at the races in the second half and Town played some attractive football that we hadn't seen so much of since August. I do wonder why Leeds appointed him and he's probably fears he will lose his job before the season is over.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • I remember many years ago going to Elland Road and we lost 2-1, sniffer Clarke score. He swept the ball in with his hand. I remember us losing to .West Ham at Stamford Bridge and the ref made some diabolical decisions. I'm sure that Leeds get the "Rub of the green" on as many occasions as they get them go against them. I didn't attend the match, but listening to the radio commentary Leeds never deserved anything from the game. Often Managers are interviewed directly after a game and they are angry because they have lost and in hindsight maybe would choose their words a bit more carefully. I hope this was the case. Otherwise it's very bad to bad mouth a team that's obviously better than yours. No one's suggesting that Town are Word beaters, the best in the League or the most attractive to watch, but I don't think MM's the least bit worried about this and as the American's say " Second sucks"

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    Friday, January 15, 2016

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