David McGoldrick would welcome a summer shake-up at Ipswich Town
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Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick says he would welcome a summer shake-up at the club.
There are just two games left of a dismal season – at home to promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow and at relegation-fighting Nottingham Forest next Sunday – with the Blues still in danger of their lowest second-tier finish since 1959 (16th).
Manager Mick McCarthy is determined to stay on for the final year of his own contract and says, with several loan deals and player contracts expiring, there is a golden opportunity to freshen up his squad.
“It will be an interesting summer and a big summer for everyone,” said McGoldrick.
“The gaffer has said in the press that he wants to maybe change a few things around in the summer and get new players in.
“There are a few loan players and players out of contract facing uncertain futures and the gaffer has said he maybe wants some new blood in the summer.
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“Hopefully that helps the team. It definitely helps when you see an exciting player come in and, on the first day of training, you all think ‘OK, we’ve got something here’. It gives you all a buzz going into the first game.
“I know personally that if two new strikers come in then the gaffer will have brought them in to play. That would keep me on my toes. I’m hoping there will be new players and new blood because that pushes everyone – and that is what we want.
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“It could be a big turning point.”
There is still an air of uncertainty surrounding McCarthy’s future given his comments yesterday. He says that owner Marcus Evans has ‘talked around’ the topic of a summer budget and that all major decisions are on hold until after their big sit-down chat.
“He’ll be here next season,” said McGoldrick. “He’s probably been a victim of his own success. We’re well behind the wages and transfer fees spent in this league, but we’ve finished ninth, sixth and seventh.
“This year it hasn’t clicked for whatever reason and he’s been getting stick, but he’s a hard-nosed man and he will never hide from it. A lot of managers would have resigned or whatever, but I could never see him doing that. I know he will turn it around because he’s a top manager and his record speaks for itself.
“Hopefully we can write this season off, finish on a bit of a high and go again.”