MICK’S THE MAN: I will give Marcus Evans a Town “review” in two weeks
MICK McCarthy has revealed he will give his first insights to Marcus Evans within a fortnight of taking over.
The new Blues boss will have little time for evaluation after taking his first training session this afternoon – 48 hours before Saturday’s crucial trip to Birmingham City.
With another match on the road next Tuesday night, Crystal Palace, and then his first home match against Burnley in nine days time, McCarthy will have to hit the ground running.
But having already been impressed with “some of the young ones” during the first glimpse of his new players, McCarthy will be quickly weighing up what is needed to bring success to Ipswich.
He explained: “I haven’t been watching all the games. But one or two of the games, they have played well but conceded a goal out of nothing.
“I will have to look at that in more depth. I will give Marcus Evans a review in two weeks. He will support whatever I want to do.”
With many Town fans concerned about Evans’ reclusive status at a time when the side is languishing at the bottom of the Championship, McCarthy said it wasn’t something that overly concerned him.
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“He is not the coach or gives massages,” he joked. “He is a honest and straight-forward guy. He is a busy fella, but he supports his mangers the right way – by giving him the tools.”
McCarthy’s first priority today was to start assembling his backroom team, with Terry Connor named as assistant manager after the pair worked together at Wolves.
McCarthy said it was vital to get Connor, who was interim boss at Molineux after McCarthy was sacked in February, describing his number two as a “first-class person and coach”.
He added: “If I have got a message to give, he will endorse that and give it in the dressing room.”
McCarthy was less concrete about the futures of Sean McCarthy and Mark Kennedy, someone who played under him at Republic of Ireland and Wolves.
The duo were brought in by Paul Jewell but unlike Chris Hutchings, who left by mutual consent this morning, they remain at Portman Road and have yet to talk about their futures with the new manager.
McCarthy also has had no firm discussions with Matt Holland, the former Town captain who was linked with a return to the club where he was adored on the terraces as he led the Blues to the Premier League and European football.
The new Town boss revealed: “I know Matt (Holland) and I spoke to him recently. I don’t think Matt has been doing any coaching. I have got the guy I wanted (Connor). Matt is a great guy, but it is not something we have discussed.”