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Mick McCarthy insists there are ‘no shirkers’ at Ipswich Town

17:01 29 November 2012

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

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Hard graft was never the issue.

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That’s the assessment of Mick McCarthy following his impressive start to life in the Blues hot-seat.

Having inherited a team that was rock-bottom of the Championship and without a home league win in 10 matches, McCarthy has lifted the club out of the relegation zone by claiming 10 points from a possible 18.

Tuesday night’s impressive 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest made it three games unbeaten at Portman Road.

“I don’t think there was a bad atmosphere here,” said the Blues boss, when asked what has changed since he replaced Paul Jewell at the start of the month.

“We have got a good set of lads who all get on well and work hard. There are no shirkers here, looking at all the stats and Prozone on how far they run and how hard they work.

“The problem with that is it is probably them chasing the ball rather than having the ball and making the opposition run around.

“Confidence comes from being organised, not getting beaten and believing in what you are doing.

“When that starts to produce results confidence comes and morale gets better, team spirit improves and the whole town feels better also.”

The Blues boss continued: “Generally you get a job because a team has been struggling so you have got to turn results around and probably turn people’s mindsets and attitudes around.

“You need to get some confidence and the only way that can be achieved is through winning games.

“It’s like anywhere else, you just have to win football matches. There is no other agenda for a manager than winning football matches.

“Behind that it might be building a good squad and developing the academy, but fundamentally it is about winning games.”

Sacked by Wolves back in February, McCarthy was linked with a number of clubs over the summer. But the former Republic of Ireland and Sunderland boss says much of it was pure speculation.

He said: “There is an assumption that I had loads of other opportunities in the summer, which I didn’t. My name was linked with lots of jobs and I certainly didn’t go round speaking to them all. Any of the ones I did speak to, however, I would always keep to myself.

“When I spoke to Ipswich they were rock bottom but everyone always speaks about this club in glowing terms and I have found that all to be true in the three weeks that I have been here.

“Of course the team is struggling – if it wasn’t they wouldn’t have had a change of manager. So I looked at all of that and thought ‘can I turn it around and keep the club up?’ and I thought, yes I can.

“I think it is a good opportunity to build something once we have achieved our first objective which is to stay in the Championship.”

– Mick McCarthy was speaking to Yahoo. For more from the Blues boss, other leading managers, plus exclusive Premier League highlights, go to www.yahoo.co.uk/sport.

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10 comments

  • Steroo, you need to take a slightly more intellectually robust approach to these things. Of course a manager, with a team to turn around, is going to build their confidence in the local press, to build on a good result. What do you expect him to do? Come out and slate the team and players in the press to further undermine their confidence? Anyone with half a footballing brain, including MM, knows that the reality is that we have had shirkers, we all saw that in the matches we lost 0-6 (twice), where tackles were missed, opposition players just went through us easily, and even players in the team (e.g. Wellens) came out and said that a number didn't care enough about losing. What MM is called management, something about which you plainly have much to learn.

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    Tom

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Steroo - if what Mick is saying is untrue what DO the prozone stats say?

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    Roy Startup

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Blunt "say it as it is"Yorkshire Men do not trot out meaninglass ( and often completely untrue) soundbites. Town has a good honest manager - be thankful that he has quickly started to turn the club around and he will ensure that the club continues to climb to a safe positio0n in the league this season. Given the right support from the owner Town will be challenging for a top 6 place.

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    Herbert Codling

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • What on earth is Steroo on about this time???? 'meaningless(often completely untrue) soundbites'??? What's 'completely untrue' here? Winning breeds confidence is the basic message, which is true! I saw a cracking team performance Tuesday night, lots of heart & passion...and youngsters too! In my 1 12hr drive home I actually wondered how Rob or Ged could possibly have a moan and I couldn't do it. You are truly amazing. Out of the bottom 3 in 5 games...if it had been Holloway you'd have been happy I suppose??....actually,I doubt it!!!

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    GorlestonBoy

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • That's rich comming from you rob

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    Ando70

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • That's funny Steroo your description sounds exactly like you.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • No one wants to hear your depressing drool Rob Steroo! Go away!

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    TraaakorBoii

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Steroo. The difference between you and Mick is that sometimes he has something interesting and witty to say whilst you never do.

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    bristan

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Rob MM must got that from reading your posts!

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    Ando70

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Rob Steroo If you have nothing constructive to add then why bother posting!!.Countless time you have done this i'm surprised they still let you post!.

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    The Gov

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

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