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McCarthy reveals bonus scheme which will give his Ipswich Town players added motivation

11:50 24 November 2014

Teddy Bishop is congratulated after scoring at Bournemouth

Teddy Bishop is congratulated after scoring at Bournemouth

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has revealed the bonus scheme that will give his players added motivation to remain within the Championship play-off places.

The Blues moved back up to fourth in the table following Saturday’s hard-fought 2-2 draw at second-place Bournemouth, teenage midfielder Teddy Bishop scoring his first senior goal and Daryl Murphy emphatically heading home his 11th of the campaign as the spirited Portman Road side twice came from behind against the best outfit they have faced this season.

McCarthy, ever the pragmatist, often insists that positions in the standings mean little until May. The Yorkshireman will open the papers with a smile this morning though, his team having lost just once in 14 matches.

“Of course I’m not ignoring it (the league table),” said the Blues boss. “It will be nice to open the paper and see us in fourth, not 12th. The lads get a bit of a bonus when they’re in the top six, not when they’re anywhere else. They’ve got to be in a promotion place to get that, so it’s nice for them.”

Town certainly had to dig deep for a point, the Cherries – put together on a far bigger budget – playing plenty of attractive football. Home boss Eddie Howe was not happy, but the Blues do not just possess McCarthy’s trademark qualities of organisation, hard-work and a never-say-die spirit, they also have some added quality about them this season following last year’s ninth-place finish.

With 20 points from a possible 27 having been claimed at Portman Road, it’s these sort of battling away points which can make all the difference.

“Bournemouth are a really, good team and we’ve had to work damn hard to get a point against them today,” said McCarthy.

“I say it all the time, every point away from home is a good one – wherever you get it.

“I think it’s a real tough, competitive league this. We’ve gone to Derby and got a point, Nottingham Forest and got a point, come here and got a point. They are all good away points, especially as we’re doing well at home.”

Ipswich head to ninth-place Charlton – a side who have yet to taste defeat in nine league outings at The Valley this season – on Saturday (12.15pm kick-off).

Midfielder Kevin Bru is facing up to a month on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage at Dean Court, centre-back Christophe Berra will be suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season, while Tyrone Mings is a doubt with a dead leg.

29 comments

  • Sorry should have added typed on iphone, not checked. Perhaps if you had a job you might have seen such a phrase before. is it giro day?

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, November 28, 2014

  • Really, its like talking to a child in the payground, is name calling and ner ner, ner ner ner the best you can come upo with. You used to troll with flair Rob, but you seem to be losing form faster than your beloved Narrrrich

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, November 28, 2014

  • Asou can wiin an actual argument sling mud with all the desperation of sinking politican. We are now so far removed from the debate in hand its laughable but you can paper over the cracks of your holey argument. Are yoy Nick Clegg in disguise?

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, November 28, 2014

  • If I need anyone to comment on what I write I think I will put TrueBlue very far down the list of humans to do it (somewhere over the 7 billion mark) as I respect only those who can write with comprehension (and not the utter nonsense TrueBlue writes here), intellect and spelling ability. Those who have none of those skills are not qualified to comment. Thus ends my case.

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, November 28, 2014

  • Tapped out on a phone John (streroo) old chap because I'm a busy guy with things to do so no not checked. My only interest is pointing out the idiocy or hyprocacy of your rather boring content, which I do with alarming coconsistency one has to say. Hence we now are reduced to comment on a lack of typing skills at 7.45 am and not the debate in hand because blow me it happened again and you have all day to come up with this nonsense. You are the Troll equivalent of Acrington Stanley. Ian Rush says replace pot noodle with milk.

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • So what was the reason for your hurry when you wrote that one TrueBlue? I will comment on just one item: It is "doesn't" as in "does not". That is definitely bad spelling as you repeated the error. I will let you off the "reslly" as that is a typo, but it seems you do not check what you write. Ever thought of working for the local papers; you seem very qualified.

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • I fear its this year or never for MM. If he loses Mings etc in January it will be hard to stay motivated

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    StalwartBlue

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • John just because i tapped out a dismissal of your argumemt in mins over breakfast dosnt mean you need to get stressy.lets face it yet again you lost the argument and a desperate attempt to deflect that really dosnt wash. Its called a type o. You reslly are a rubbish troll

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • John just because i tapped out a dismissal of your argumemt in mins over breakfast dosnt mean you need to get stressy.lets face it yet again you lost the argument and a desperate attempt to deflect that really dosnt wash. Its called a type o. You reslly are a rubbish troll

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • @tel: It is not necessary to know about sport to write a comment on bonuses. Don't you know that??? And 'TrueBlue', with 11 spelling errors and incomprehensible writing in your latest comment I suggest to stick to watching people kick a ball; it was designed for you.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • That's all we need John the bop, who infests all the other columns of the EADT, on a football site showing that he knows nothing at all about sport. He should go down the pub with Cyril, they would get on well with their opinionated views.

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    tel

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • In the private sector a bonus scheme is pretty much standard practice in most industries. Now, with regards to the public sector workers that Baptist lists, he is correct they don't get bonus schemes but they are eligible for 14% higher (on average) than equivalent private sector contributory final salary pension schemes and better job security. A footballer gets none of these things, they get paid extremely well, but performance related bonuses would have been discussed when negotiating a players contract and would have been considered by the player before deciding on coming to the Town. At the end of the day if it helps get a bit extra out of the players in our promotion push i'm not bothered!!

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • John smith clearly dosnt undestand his own point. Smity ypu are slating the club and players because they earn a bonus when in the top 6, IE rewarding success, my point is that City reward failure by paying silly money regarless of weather the team gets relegated thereby rewarding failure. 14 seasons in the champ is neither here nor there as during those 14 seasons we have not rewarded our players over the odds for failure unlike city. Again a simple concept but you dont understnd the thrust of the argument. Hows things down in 10th?

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • John the bab you sound alot like a Mr Steroo, such a volent reaction. I know teachers who get bonuses, police offers who get bonuses, as I sai (and as you have quoted) the key work is almost and as Tom says footballer by the nature of their job generate huge revenues. If you dont like it move to cub and and you can waive your big red flag as much as yoyu like. My point is this, if you perform well, you derver to be rewarded. If you want your employees to perofom well, you need to motivate them, not a difficult concept is it? You are such a rubbish Troll, I keep telling you its you thats supposed to wind us up not the other way round

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • trueblue clearly doesn't get it... 1p5wich town stuck in the championship for 14 consecutive seasons!! do you understand now?

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    john smyth

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Johnthebap not every job has but jobs that want the best players have to pay. same reason bankers bonuses will never go as they just sod off to the US or china where money talks and no ones ashamed or the jobless massive dont get on your back for doing well and riding your luck but still. JOHN SMYTH then again loans and signings didnt come to Nowich in the PL and your players would prefer to play in the championship than Borwich sh!ty in the Prem now there are some disgracefull actions letting a club thats won nothing been no where up and down the football league like a yo-yo and still think there better even when they have big money to spend and still cant win at home.

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    Peter Bland

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • 'TrueBlue': One assumes you to be some kind of idiot. I think you follow the team whatever so no point arguing the case with you. But "almost every job has bonus attached to it so not sure what point you are making?" ... every job does not have a bonus attached to it, so THAT is my point. Get it?

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Indeed smithy it is fact that City reward failure. So pleased we agree. john the bap almost every job has bonus attached to it so not sure what point you are making? Certainly footballers do. The diffence is whilst most clubs award bonuses simply for playing (apperance bonus) scoring goals even if the team loses etc ours provides a clear goal to aim for. i get a bonus, i get it if i work harder than the average bear, smarter than the average bear, better than the average bear and if i do that i deserve it. It is recognition of my excelent and hard work and as such richly deserved. I think if town continue to fly high the boys deserve their bonus. I'm not sure if yours is a political stance? If so i suggest a move to cuba, but in moden times you have to find innovative ways to motivate employees. Town appear to have done that and rather than resent it i think we should applaud the club for its clever thinking. One assumes you to be a herbal tea drinker!

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Professional football at this level is a high performance, high pressure, results driven industry. Promotion is worth about 90 million. It's in the hands of a small squad of players. Economically, therefore, those players have the opportunity to create significantly more financial value than do nurses, teachers and so on, and there is a shortage of talented footballers who are good enough to get teams promoted. Morally, of course nurses should be paid more, since they care for the sick. But if you hadn't already noticed, life in the capitalist market is not fair. As that great writer Bob Dylan said, which sums it up, "money doesn't talk, it swears".

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    Tom

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • I totally agree with 'john smyth': Do we pay police officers a bonus for doing their work to the best of their ability? The same for teachers, nurses, firemen, care workers? And all of those I listed receive nowhere near the ridiculous amounts of money paid to footballers. So if it takes a bonus to incentivise someone to do their job to the very best of their ability then it is a sad thing. And in this case it is the hard-working low-paid ordinary man who pays these bonuses via higher than necessary ticket and miscellaneous costs.

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • no 'maybe' about it trueblue, its a fact!!

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    john smyth

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Jo1n Smy7h. You ask a good question. The answer is NO you do not need to ask or say more. Take your drivel to the EDP. They need all the help they can get for your sad lot !

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    graham garrod

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Maybe John but as the article says our players get rewarded for success only. Cant argue with that logic. Your bunch of mercenaries are rewarded for going through the motions. No wonder they wont try.

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • john smyth - I should imagine most profesional football clubs pay bonuses for certain acheivements during the season! I even imagine the budgies do this. Why don't you try to come up with something more constructive rather than your usual dross, and people may even think of you as almost human.....

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    Giffo

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • trueblue - 14 consecutive seasons!!! need i say anymore

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    john smyth

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • come on lads,get behind the team,well done mick,great manager..COYB

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    komori

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • could anyone remind me which year town were last in the 3rd div.COYB.

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    david peters

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Rewarding success yeah disgracefull. Not nearly as disgraceful as rewarding failure like City, As you say Smithy playing in the prem should be enough to motivate players and yet city cant motivate their enough to avoid relegation or for that matter, win at home. Those players should hand their heads in shame

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • The chance of playing in the premier league should be enough incentive, never mind bonuses! what a disgrace

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    john smyth

    Monday, November 24, 2014

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