McCarthy won’t loan out the likes of Malarczyk and Oar
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits it’s going to be impossible keeping all of his players happy, but says he has no intention of loaning out recent signings Tommy Oar and Piotr Malarczyk.
The Blues have at least two players, largely of similar quality, for every position and McCarthy knows he has the strongest squad at his disposal since he took over at Portman Road almost three years ago.
Australian winger Oar and Polish defender Malarczyk both started in the Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United but were then left out of the matchday squad altogether for last Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Bristol City.
“I have no intention of loaning those two out,” said McCarthy, who has started 26 different players in 12 league and cup games so far this season, the Blues seventh in the Championship table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackburn.
“Piotr has been captain of his club in Poland (Korona Kielce) and played plenty of games. Everything is unusual and strange for him at the moment, but I like him and I don’t think there is any doubt that he is going to be a good player for us.
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“And I was pleased with Tommy at Manchester United. I thought his dead ball deliveries were terrific.
“It’s different for someone like Josh Yorwerth (who has today joined Crawley), who was in the Under-21s at Cardiff last year. Likewise with Josh Emmanuel; he had a face like a slapped backside after I left him out the team, but of course it lit up again when I said he was playing at Old Trafford.
“Those two might not get a game now so we may get them football on loan deals. We’ll see.
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“But I’ve told them ‘don’t be having your agents in my earhole’ asking can they go out on loan immediately. Let’s just let it settle down, see where we are after the next international break. I’ll then make decisions, depending on what clubs come in, as to whether it will benefit them as players and us as a club long-term.”
It’s a welcome headache, but a situation which will put McCarthy’s acclaimed man-management skills to the test.
“It’s impossible to keep them all happy because they all want to play,” admitted the Town manager, “I guess the atmosphere of the place helps. I spoke to Tabby (Jay Tabb) the other day. He’s out of the team but he says ‘don’t even think about loaning me out because I love it here’. That’s brilliant.”