Mick McCarthy takes a swipe at former club Wolves
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IPSWICH Town boss Mick McCarthy took a swipe at former employers Wolves after his side virtually ensured Championship safety.
Only a freak set of 20 results could see the Blues go down following their battling 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, the Suffolk side 14th in the table and six points clear of the drop zone with two games to play.
Wolves, meanwhile, have dropped back into in the bottom three following their 2-1 defeat at Charlton and face a major battle to avoid back-to-back relegations.
Asked what he’d done to turn things around at Ipswich – the Yorkshireman having inherited a side that were rock-bottom with just seven points at the start of last November – McCarthy said: “It’s always a little bit difficult to answer that. I’ve just gone in and been myself and been me.
“Me and TC (assistant Terry Connor) are a good partnership. We work well and we work well with the players.
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“What I’ve changed I don’t know, because I don’t know what went on before.
“It always seems critical of the person who went before and Paul Jewell’s my pal.
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“Sometimes it just doesn’t work at a club and you have to leave. Sometimes it’s working and you still have to leave!
“I’ve had that happen to me (at Wolves). Looking at it now I think I was right.”
Wolves sacked McCarthy – the man who had given them almost six years’ service and a Championship title – following a 5-1 home defeat to local rivals West Brom in February last year.
They were in the Premier League relegation zone at the time, but still level on points with the two teams above them at the time.
They ended up finishing rock-bottom, claiming just four more points from their remaining 13 matches under the caretaker management of Terry Connor.
“I’ve just been me and done what I do,” said McCarthy. “It’s not just be me, it’s been me and Terry. He’s a great lieutenant. We get results – that’s what we do. It’s not always been pretty, but it couldn’t be pretty because we needed points.”