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Three solid performances are not enough for Scott Loach as Mick McCarthy prepares to bring back Stephen Henderson

08:00 25 January 2013

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SCOTT Loach and Elliott Hewitt may have impressed, but that won’t stop Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy trying to bring in a keeper and right-back on loan over the coming weeks.

Stephen Henderson played the first 13 games of McCarthy’s reign before an ankle injury suffered in training cut short his loan spell from West Ham.

Loach has played well over the last three games, but McCarthy – who the EADT understands missed out to rivals Norwich when attempting to sign Nottingham Forest’s Lee Camp – appears reluctant to give the fans’ favourite a lengthy run in the side.

“Yes, I would,” said McCarthy, when asked if we would like to bring in another keeper before the end of the January transfer window.

“Hendo is still an option, but that might have to be with a 24-hour recall which would leave us exposed.”

Tomorrow’s game at rock-bottom Bristol City is the last match that loanee right-back Bradley Orr is available for before he returns to parent club Blackburn Rovers.

Teenager Hewitt impressed on his full debut at Aston Villa, but McCarthy says he is not ready for a prolonged spell in the starting line-up yet.

“I’m looking to replace Bradley when he goes back,” said the Blues boss.

“Elliott has got a really bright future, but he’s not played that much football. I’d like to have some more experienced cover, someone who has played more games.

“Putting Carlos (Edwards) or Luke (Hyam) there, you’re kind of filling in. I haven’t got that many players anyway.”

He added: “Bradley has been a really good addition and I’m very sad that he’s going back. I don’t actually think he wants to go back because he’s enjoying playing.

“Circumstances have changed at Blackburn, though, and if he goes back and is playing there he’ll be happy because he’ll be able to see his twin boys and will be sleeping in his own bed. But isn’t it lovely that he wants to stay here because he’s enjoying it?”

McCarthy confirmed that centre-back Patrick Kisnorbo will have his one-month loan from Leeds extended until the end of the season. Meanwhile, there are no plans to sign Kieron Dyer. The 34-year-old is currently training with the Blues, having been released by QPR.

“He’s training with us,” said McCarthy. “I’ve not had any discussion with him and he’s talking to other clubs as far as I’m aware.”

The Blues boss added: “We’d like to get players in before the window closes, permanent ones, but we are not having much joy at the moment. We’re looking at loans now more than signings.

“I know I said that I didn’t want to do that but at least if it’s window-to-window, they stay with us until the end of the season.

“There are players available on a free, but if they are only short-term signings then it means you pay them until July 30 even though the season ends on May 4.

“Paying them for three months football and then three months to sit on the beach is just not viable.”

– For full match preview, see tomorrow’s EADT.


  • One of the all-too predictable results of gravy-train riding manager bringing in their own bewlideringly large groups of yes men is that they repeat exactly the same mistakes as their predecessors. So it is that No Loans is now demoralising perfectly adequate Town players in the long months ahead in a meaningless season that was over in November. If Mick the No Loans brings in yet more pointless loans then he will be Mick the No Integrity Man as I believe he is alrteady up to six loans with the incredibly daft Orr signing being repeated twice.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • This rather depressing sesne of deja-vu has to be attributable to Evans refusing to work constructively with the (any) manager. This, after McCarthy is sacked, will lead to no decent manager wishing to come to Portland Rd.

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    Ken Hairy

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • How embarrased must MM be, having told this web site he does not like the loan market, he now finds that due to no funds being available he has to go back on his word.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • No not henderson again. MM said that he would not have him witha 24hr recall what has changed. Let SL continue and get the goalkeeping coach working on his kicking and commanding his area he will not improve sitting on the bench that is for sure. We have a perfectly good backup in LB so lets concentrate on things such as a creative midfielder.

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    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • To expect perm additions thoughout the squad so quickly is stupid. No other word for it. In order to acvhieve that we would just be signing who ever instead of the right players. Kick of next season is time to judge. Cyril you sound like steroo, even more than oldtimer has done so recenty. Fact is its Jan, perms are hard to come by at this time of year. Especillay the right ones. As for those who will no doubt cry over what will be percived as harsh treatment of loach. 1 hes a pro, he paid to deal with it. If his head is to fargile to deal with competiotion for his placed then its probably not strong enough to deal with being a 1st choice, 2. Just because hes a town fan and will "give 100%" means nowt. On that basis I, as a boy hood town fan should maybe be given a run in the 1st team as well because I will give 110%. I cant kick a ball for toffee but I love the club so I will really, really try! Again pot shots at a bloke who has thus far steered as clear of relegation and has been in charge barely 3 months is pointless and this negativity then simply builds up (exactly what steroo and scott want btw). It then hangs over the club like a black cloud. Town fans are starting to sound like Newcastle fans and that really should say it all As for steroo he now has more personalities thaan Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfiled put together

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    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • There are signs that MM may be displaying the characteristics what made him not the number one choice in some people's minds. SH is simply not the right choice, or has he been watching different games? Scott Loach deserves a much longer run to prove his claim for the Number 1 shirt. His motivation and energy is all about Ipswich doing well. Simple basic psychology puts him above Stephen Henderson who is possibly more motivated by the best loan offer. We need to start to build the team for next season, SH does not provide the confidence we need between the posts. Please, please MM.... do try to listen to the supporters just a little - we do have more experience of the team's performance than you might realise.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • True blue,well said.At least somebody agrees with me.

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    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • True Blue it was MM who said he expected to be busy in the January transfer market not me, it was MM who said he did not like the loan market not me. Your comments suggest Campbell and Camp were not worth signing, and before you say they did not want to come they wanted a three year deal which our owner clearly will not give, believing he knows more than those that are prepared to give them. Can you honest say the club are in a better position than they were when ME arrived, and that is the basis of my complaints four years and we are worse off.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • This is depressingly familiar stuff for ITFC as a new manager gives preference to loanees over his own players. Even if those he brings in are better players this is short term & short sighted & does not build for the future. To add Loach & Hewitt to the list of demoralised players does not bode well for the long term future of the club. OK McCarthy may well save us from relegation but therein lies the rub.He is never going to be good enough in this modern era to fulfill his own stated ambition of returning to international management or probably bad enough to get the sack here. It seems therefore that we will be consigned to his specialist subject of 'mid table mediocrity' for the foreseable future.

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Scott Loach deserves his chance - he conceeded less goals that Henderson under Jewell and McCarthy up until the bounce and at least he is our player.

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    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Cyril saying you want a busy window is not the same as saying you will add nothing but perm players. Yes MM said he does not like loans but it is not a supermarket. There are not shelves of players where MM can go a long and pick. Other clubs have to be willing to sell. Sometimes needs must. The fact is the Jan transefer window is iffy. Clubs dont like losing playes. As such prioces become inflated. Sometimes a managers hand is forced. If waiting until summer means that MM can get who he wants then so be it. Nowhere do I say DJ or Camp didnt want to come. No where do I say they were not worth signing. Again the FACT is one is going to a club chasing prmotion and the other has gone to the PL. You cant balme either making such a choice. My point is expecting that kind of activity in Jan is unrealistic. I would rather MM signs the palyers he wants and not any one who happens to be available. We have 2 pers on board alread qith a 3rd only held up (as i understand it) die to paperwork. As to the position of the club i guess that depends on your perspective. If you mean noty staring down the barrell of administration then yes we are. Footballing wise no we are not. But that is no reason to be getting the knives out so early into MM's tenure. 3 year deals are all well and good given that you, amongst many others have been calling for younger blood I find it supprsing when you then compalin that a 32 year old isnt offered 3 years. Dont get me wrong I like Loach, but he needs to be able to handle competition. I would have like DJ but at 32 he is towards the end of his career. All I am saying is can we not judge MM transsfer policy come kick of next season as opposed to after 3 months (during only 1 of which he has been able to make perm addtions). 3 months is not enough time to assess and change a squad. You could of course take a QPR approach and sign sign sign. Look at the impact there. Or indeed a Villa approach and just play youth, again look at the results. What is needed (in my opinion) is a happy medium and I think it takes a little longer for that to be achieved. Attituted like yours are what result in ppl like Nigel Adkins getting sacked.

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    Friday, January 25, 2013

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