SOMEWHAT appropriately, Mick McCarthy has warned Ipswich Town fans ‘I’ll do it my way’.

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Frank Sinatra’s classic was Sir Bobby Robson’s favourite song, it’s been played before matches at Portman Road this season and now the Blues’ no-nonsense boss has used words to that effect.

He was criticised for selecting ‘hard-nosed professionals’ (his words) instead of home-grown youngsters Luke Hyam and Josh Carson for his first game in charge.

Some then questioned his decision to stick with loanee West Ham keeper Stephen Henderson after heavy defeats at Crystal Palace (5-0) and Leicester (6-0), instead of playing boyhood supporter of the club Scott Loach.

His methods have been justified with a fantastic run of form though, with Saturday’s thrilling 3-0 home win over a previously in-form Millwall side meaning the Blues have taken 16 points from a possible 21 under new their new managerial regime.

“I’m not bothered what they (the fans) think, because I’m being paid to be the manager,” said McCarthy. “I want them to come and watch it and enjoy it, but they’ll have to enjoy it the way I want it to be done.

“I like the fact that people are getting excited, but I’m not going to start getting carried away that’s for sure.

“We were 3-0 up and our fans wanted us to cross the ball. We should have just kept the ball, but instead we cross and it ends up back in our box and they end up shooting.

“Everybody has got an opinion. And do you know what? When you’re losing all the best players are generally deemed to be the ones sat behind the manager, because ‘the bench is better’ and all those sat in the stand are better. That’s not the case.

“They can have their opinions, but opinions are like backsides – we’ve all got them. It’s not always wise to air them in public though.”

He added: “When you’re winning, everything is fantastic and it’s correct and proper to enjoy it when things are going well.

“Everyone wants to start talk differently though, instead of just looking at staying up. Let’s just keep trying to pick up the points. We’ve got a real difficult Christmas period coming up with Leeds away, Charlton away and Wolves away.

“You can hear that I’ve lost my throat and my voice and I wasn’t shouting ‘well done’ for 90 minutes, I can tell you.”

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21 comments

  • Yes Old Timer, I also agree with Cyril for once, must be 'the time of year' !!!!!! But seriously MM is right to say that he is employed to manage the team and I don't believe any supporter would begrudge him of that responsibility but he should also remember Sir Alex Ferguson's words, that however great a manager thinks he is, there is always something new to learn, His words not mine !!!!!!! So please MM, if the Ipswich Star quoted you correctly, learn from your two predecessors at ITFC, ignore or criticize supporters at your peril, you have won most of them over for the present with the improved performances you have delivered but it could all quickly change if you are unlucky enough to hit a bad patch.

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Well done Mick! You have got Bobby's 'zombies' worrying about off field trivia again. Have you seen the price if fish these days?

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    martyn elmy

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Puerile nonsense on a number of levels. Firstly Mick the Man will certainly not be doing it his way - he'll be doing it the invisible man's way - on the cheap and with other teams' players. And please stop the offensive nonsense of 'Just looking at staying up' .... relegation was never an option with such awful teams wedded to the bottom of the table. 36 points might well be enough to stay up this year. 40 certainly will be. Town are heading back to lower mid-table largely via serendipity.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Mick Mcarthy is spot on with assesement and attitutude, and it seems to be spreading to the players, and is honest as the day is long. In previous matches it was hard to pick a man of the match, because they were all so awful, on Saturday so many had good games, that it was difficult again to find the most outstanding player.Hope he continues to do it his way, but Mick use your influence, and change that awful Sinatra dirge before the game, it is totally inappropriate for a football match.

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    jungle boy

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Mick is right of course, but I hope he won't begrudge young Elliott Hewitt his thrilling run down the wing - it was joy to watch as was the superb cross! Excellent game, I really enjoyed it and would just like to thank the Club for the £10 entry charge for supporters who had attended the Burnley match. For people like me who have to make a 180 mile round trip to get to Portman Road that sort of gesture from time to time makes all the difference!

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    Ian Williams

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • purile nonsense is it stereo you should know as are your submissions MICKS THE MAN,COYB.

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    david peters

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • MM couldn't be doing much better and I am sure he is old enough and wise enough to ignore the often daft comments from supporters, including myself. Only two things to put right now the team is playing with such confidence and enthusiasm, thanks to MM. Get rid of that awful My Way, a lot of people may have liked it, especially Bobby R., but it is not a rousing pregame tune. And please please please someone with some authority, (Cleggie if he's got any ) get rid of those b....y awful drums, Who allows them into the ground? Can only be Cleggie, so move them next to the directors' box and see how long they last. And whilst I'm moaning, the announcements over the loudspeakers are a complete blur in parts of the Portman Stand, come and listen sometime. Have been for years.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Mick is not afraid to upset the moaners which is wonderful news. Paul Jewell was always far too nice to upset the killjoys and it cost him in the end sadly.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Hi Rob, wouldn't it be great if you could find it in your heart to say something positive about our team occasionally. Incidentally, the 16 points gleaned out of a maximum available 24 is not due to serendipity which means fate or chance in layman's terms. If you are going to use big words, pick the right one please.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Totally agree with comments about My Way, please please give us something uplifting, not that sad old song.

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    Rob Bill

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • MM should be congratulated on making all players feel part of the team & selecting them on merit. In addition the simple expedient of playing each in his rightful position - ie Murphy & Edwards has reaped obvious rewards. Also while I agree with his overall sentiments here I think perhaps he should choose his words more carefully. We assume the EADT is accurate in a direct quote & as such to say 'I'm not bothered what the fans think' should have been worded far more sensitively - especially in view of the many similar comments we had to endure from Jewell.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Steroo, This is a forum for Town fans, not embittered, sad axe-grinders so filled with bile and venom that they repetitively vent it all over these columns. Perhaps you could spare us your tedious drivel?

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    Ken Hairy

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Steroo - relegation "was never an option", was it, despite the fact we were in the relegation zone for much of the season to date? Your rants are becoming more hysterical and groundless in reality.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Fine by me, after 5 wins from 8 matches. Pretty football is is well and good when you're top of the tree but at the moment we needs points, and we're getting them.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • By cheer chance I was listening to Alan Brazil on the radio when MM's appointment was confirmed. AB commented that it was a fantastic appointment and MM would organise the defence and, although it might not be pretty he would win matches.How right he was. It also emphasises that a leader with a strategy will win more than he loses regardless of the fact that he uses loanees because he concentrates on the strengths, not the weaknesses of the team. Those that choose not to buy into the team ethos will find themselves shipped out in January although the way that MM has galvanised the team , only a fool would want to leave now.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • " my way " is not a football song , it may have been bobby robsons favourite but it sounds stupid playing before kick off , find something more appropriate , like "Hold your head up " by argent

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • sorry Frank, it was dreadful results and awful football that got PJ the sack, and he would have gone much earlier at 91 other league clubs ............................... "Paul Jewell was always far too nice to upset the killjoys and it cost him in the end sadly."

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    martyn elmy

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Happy for shared respect between us all, but agree with others....PLEASE, please, stop playing 'My Way'! It is a great song by a great singer - but it is not the right one to play at a football match (a funeral - yes) - whatever happened to 'Singing the Blues?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • MM is right. All the best sides get a lead and then hang on to it and if a chance comes along take it.They pass the ball around at the back, it goes forward to the midfield and then back to defense again. We need to keep picking up points as the gap is only 5 points, less than 2 games and just as easily that we have put a few points between ourselves and others the gap can soon disappear just as easily.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Just what is happening at ITFC ????????????? The team are winning matches & Cyril & I are agreeing with each other !!!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I am dissapointed in these comments, if indeed they are the words of MM. He has been in the game long enough to realise he needs the supporters and should not indicate that there opinion is not required.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, December 10, 2012

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