Ipswich Town rumour: Ex-England boss Steve McClaren linked to top job at Blues

Former England boss Steve McClaren has been linked with Ipswich Town. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

Former England boss Steve McClaren has been linked with Ipswich Town. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Former England boss Steve McClaren has been linked with Ipswich Town.

A story in a national newspaper suggests that the Blues are interested in talking to the experienced manager as the club continues to mull over the future of incumbent boss Mick McCarthy.

McCarthy is out of contract this summer and speculation is rife that the Portman Road outfit will make a change in a bid to combat a rising tide of fan apathy and anger.

A decision on McCarthy’s future is expected to be revealed before the final game of the season, at home to Middlesbrough, one of McClaren’s former clubs.

Dubbed a ‘wally with a brolly’ at the end of his England reign, which saw his squad fail to qualify for Euro 2008, McClaren has also managed Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, FC Twente and Vfl Wolfsburg.

The final game of the season could, potentially, be Mick McCarthy's final game in charge of Ipswich

The final game of the season could, potentially, be Mick McCarthy's final game in charge of Ipswich Town. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller


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He has vast experience and contacts within the game, which may prove attractive to Town owner Marcus Evans as he ponders McCarthy’s future.

But would McClaren be seen as more of the same by disgruntled Town fans desperate for something new and exciting to latch onto and invest in?

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