THE honeymoon period is fading – now the hard work really starts.

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That was the view of realistic Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy following Saturday’s drab 1-1 home draw with fellow strugglers Bristol City.

The Blues had quickly climbed off the bottom of the Championship table thanks to a return of 16 points from a possible 24 under their new boss, but are back within just three points of safety following a 2-0 defeat at Leeds and Saturday’s equally below-par performance.

The pragmatic McCarthy had never got carried away by his early successes though and always insisted that the Suffolk side could well remain in a relegation dogfight until the final day of the campaign.

And with just five points now separating the bottom five, he has repeated that level-headed mantra.

“We were never going to just keep winning,” said the Blues boss, whose side travel to Charlton on Boxing Day before visiting his former club, Wolves, on Saturday.

“We’ve had a good run, but you see it with lots of teams that when a new manager comes in they have a good run because everything is shiny and new. Can we maintain that level? We’ll have to wait and see.”

He added: “I was asked recently whether the goal was still simply being out of the relegation zone come May the fourth and I said yes it is. We just want to be safe and secure come the final day.

“I’ve never done anything other than look over my shoulder. The results of the last two weeks – both ours and those of the teams around us – hasn’t changed my view on things.”

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9 comments

  • How depressing to read yet more tosh in the EADT from a gravy train riding Town manager. 3 points is a chasm at the bottom of this division - it would take the rubbish teams at the bottom a month to bridge that gap, let alone rise above it. Even with half a team and a boring manager inevitably spouting rubbish, Town are trundling back to lower mid-table where they would have been ridiculed under Jewell but will be laughably praised under Mick the Man. Even the ludicrous notion that Mick the Man has to find half a team when the mercenaries jump ship in January is a bonus (as long as he doesn't get another job lot in). Mick the Man's words are little short of scandalous. He should be building a team for next season - not trying to make the inevitable 'safety' something of an achievement when it is a given.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • silk purses from too many pigs ears is very difficult but mmc will keep us up

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    martyn elmy

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • I feel sorry for McCarthy in that he inherited a rag tag army of mercenaries from Jewell - who was allowed to stay in the job too long - & even now some on this site say we should be grateful to him ???????? That is where this season went wrong & cannot be attributed to MM. He was not my choice for new manager but he is certainly a vast improvement on PJ. Steroo has often commented on here that relegation was never a real problem as there are 3 worse teams in the division ????? Recent results show this not to be the case & it is going to be a real struggle. Whether we survive depends on whether we get better loanees to replace those returning to their clubs in January plus how brave MM is in giving our own players a chance Ultimately it may all depend on which of those in the bottom 5 have the stomach for the fight - & again I believe that - in the main - such players come from within the club. The honeymoon period is indeed over & it now all comes down to desire & committment !!!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • wgtnarjnaruberm when will you and others accept the current situation was not of PJ making it was the decision of the owner not to make money available for permanent signing, and I cannot see that changing.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • This was always going to be the problem. Players get a pick up from a new Manager with different ideas and in Town's case the team consists of so many loanees that are in the last throws on their loan period that they are either not as focused or are just resigned to returning to their clubs that they have switched off. This may end up with us dropping in to the bottom three again, because if we cannot secure longer loan period for these players and have to bring in new recruits it will then take time for them to bed in. This was always going to be a problem for MM being left with PJ's ridiculous policy of so many loan players and letting seasoned professional go for nowt.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • It is a tricky situation , I think we would benefit from at least a couple of permanent signings , and one of those needs to be a striker , having said that , mc carthy cannot change too many of the starting 11 without upsetting the understanding he is slowly achieving in defence and midfield

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • This was always going to be the problem. Players get a pick up from a new Manager with different ideas and in Town's case the team consists of so many loanees that are in the last throws on their loan period that they are either not as focused or are just resigned to returning to their clubs that they have switched off. This may end up with us dropping in to the bottom three again, because if we cannot secure longer loan period for these players and have to bring in new recruits it will then take time for them to bed in. This was always going to be a problem for MM being left with PJ's ridiculous policy of so many loan players and letting seasoned professional go for nowt.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Look forward to see who joins and who leaves in January, it gives a good insight into McCarthy's thinking. Simon Clegg seems to have wised up and will now back the football manager because it seems to me his attempts at meddling with the transfers (saving money even though the clubs debt is ever increasing) really caused problems with the previous two managers (not being able to sign their primary targets). I am glad to be able to post my comments with out political or personal sensorship from the people who run TWTD. It is by far the worst football club supporters site in the country

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    eaii

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • What honeymoon period??? do you mean town getting off the bottom of the league, big deal!!! Town are still just 3 points off a relegation place with the worst goal average in the league, the lowest goals scored and almost the most let in. I guess maccarthy if you went on a cruise ship on honeymoon it would have been the "Titanic" as town are sinking in the same fashion.

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    ged scott

    Monday, December 24, 2012

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