Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy reiterates that he will consider his future in the summer

Mick McCarthy's Blues have struggled again this season

Mick McCarthy's Blues have struggled again this season

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits it’s ‘not a particularly pleasant place for me to be at the moment’ and has reiterated that he will consider his future in the summer.

After steering the club away from the relegation zone and the overseeing Championship finishes of ninth, sixth and seventh, the Yorkshireman – who has always worked on a shoestring budget at Portman Road – has found things a lot tougher this season.

With Tuesday night’s 3-0 home defeat to Derby seeing Town drop to 17th in the table ahead of a tough-looking month of February, many fear the club may get dragged into a relegation scrap.

Asked if supporters should be concerned about stability given he has previously admitted he will ‘decide what I want to do’ at the end of the season and that there are similar question marks over the future of key defensive duo Luke Chambers and Christophe Berra, McCarthy replied: “I don’t think anybody should be concerned about my future. I keep saying, pretty much most of them would have me out the door anyway so I doubt they are all shaking with worry about that.

“I’ve got a year’s contract to run after the end of this season and that’s just what it is. I’ve no intentions of going anywhere, but let’s see, I don’t know, it depends how everybody feels about me come the end of the season.

“It’s not as particularly pleasant place for me to be at the moment. Let’s not make any bones about that. Do you think I enjoy turning that sort of performance out and getting beaten? The last thing I need is all the abuse I get.

“It’s not particularly nice for me, so I will consider what I want to do.

“I can’t just decide I want to walk away and go somewhere else, but I’ll have a chat with (owner) Marcus (Evans) at the end of the year, of course.”

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Later, when asked about the future of midfielder Jonathan Douglas, he quipped: “Well his contract is up in the summer and he’s probably the one who is slightly less liked in the club than I am at the moment. It’s toss up who will go first, me or him.”