Fan’s view: Ipswich Town should go for Mick McCarthy

IPSWICH Town fan and sports writer ANDREW CROSS (on Twitter at @andycross93) gives his take on an eventful week at Portman Road - and who he’d like to see replace Paul Jewell.

Ipswich Town are in deep trouble.

For me, the priority this season must now become survival and I feel the next appointment could make or break this football club.

Enough was enough, the club were right to part company with Paul Jewell as his position became untenable.

I respected him as a person, but I am sure we are all aware that us fans are an unforgiving bunch at the best of times, and with the season well underway the buck must ultimately stop with the manager.

How ironic that only five seasons ago we were waving wads of cash in the direction of Norwich fans at Carrow Road.

Now look at us, rock bottom of the Championship with only one win to our name all season and barely being able to fill half of Portman Road.

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This isn’t right, this isn’t the Ipswich Town I know and love.

In fairness, Jewell brought in some decent players and developed an attractive-looking squad, but he foolishly desired more experience in his squad selection and chose to bring in some needless loanees, eight to be exact during this season alone.

For instance, the decision to acquire the services of Nigel Reo-Coker and Richie Wellens is just confusing, particularly when Luke Hyam, arguably the best remaining youth prospect at the club, is sat on the bench, week-in, week-out.

In his defence, Jewell wasn’t helped by the performances, or lack of performances from his players, however, it must cast some element of doubt into the mind of a player when they see a perfectly capable team mate dropped for a loanee; as was the case with Scott Loach.

In addition to this, Jewell decided it was best to release Damien Delaney and restrict our centre-back options to just two players without finding an immediate replacement.

Eventually Danny Higginbotham was drafted in from Stoke (on loan, unsurprisingly), but it was this sort of decision amongst others which I believe sealed the disapproval of many supporters and, ultimately, sealed the fate of Jewell.

We are at a crucial stage of the season now, and should our poor form continue, we are in danger of finding ourselves way off the pace by the Christmas period, which is fast approaching.

Considering this, it would be foolish to take a risk in terms of finding Jewell’s replacement. That’s why I’m against the idea of appointing an unproven manager like Alan Shearer, or even a club legend, like George Burley.

My ambitious side would like us to try and prise Gus Poyet away from Brighton, but realistically, considering the position we are in, I can’t see past an experienced appointment, so in that case, preferably Mick McCarthy.

McCarthy knows the division well after his time at Wolves and I think he would steady the ship and gain a level of respect from the players which Jewell arguably failed to achieve.

He is renowned for giving youth a go, too, so it would be a breath of fresh air to see the likes of Hyam getting regular first-team action, rather than Jewell’s favoured ‘Dad’s Army’.

Onwards and upwards. COYB!

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