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‘We’ll be losing a few players,’ says Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy

PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:47 20 April 2017

Ipswich Town are heading towards an interesting summer with the future of Mick McCarthy and several players uncertain. Photo: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Town are heading towards an interesting summer with the future of Mick McCarthy and several players uncertain. Photo: PAGEPIX

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says the club will be ‘losing a few players’ this summer.

With Easter weekend victories against Burton and Newcastle making the Blues mathematically safe from Championship relegation, the planning for the club’s 16th successive season in the second-tier can begin.

Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Steven Taylor, Jordan Spence, Paul Digby, Jonathan Douglas and Leon Best are all nearing the end of their deals, while Tom Lawrence, Emyr Huws, Toumani Diagouraga, Jonny Williams and Dominic Samuel will see their loans expire.

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski is also set to be coveted.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game at rock-bottom Rotherham, McCarthy said: “(Planning ahead) has been tentative because we didn’t know if we were safe. I’ll sit down with (owner) Marcus (Evans) now to discuss what we want to do, what he wants to do and what I want to do. Hopefully we can come up with something.

“There is a real opportunity to freshen it up because there are a lot of players out of contract and quite a few on loan – do they want to stay, do we want them, can we sign them? There’ll be all those things in the mix.

“We’ll be losing a few players. It could be a new look. This is my fifth season and, as I’ve said before, I think people can get tired of you. I don’t know how many team talks you can do? Sometimes it needs changing. There have been calls for me to be changed, but my intention is to come back and build a team capable of challenging for the play-offs again.”

Asked if contract talks had now started with players coming to the end of their deals, he said: “No, because we’ve not been in (since Monday). This is our first day back.”

Asked when his own big chat with Evans will happen, he replied: “When I sit down and talk to him.”

Is there a date set for that? “There is; I’m just not telling you because you’ll be in my earhole then asking me what’s happening. You’ll find out what’s happened as supposed to when it’s happening.”

The future of Mick McCarthy and the direction of Ipswich Town cast a shadow over the final weeks of the season, but there are still plenty of issues to be sorted at Portman Road. ANDY WARREN takes a look

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

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