Majority of fans taking part in online poll, call for new manager at Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town manager, Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager, Mick McCarthy - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

It’s time for a change at the top.

That’s the view of more than 900 supporters who have participated in an online poll run by this newspaper.

Since launching on Wednesday morning, 80% want manager Mick McCarthy to leave the club, although 35% would be prepared to give him more time, if equipped with a more competitive budget.

On the subject of budgets, owner Marcus Evans is seen by the majority of supporters as being the man to blame for the Blues’ demise this season. Ipswich are currently seventh-from-bottom, five points above the bottom-three, with eight games to go, and 54% of supporters lay the blame firmly at the owner’s feet.

One of the perceived causes for the regression is the failure to bring in a suitable replacement for star striker, Daryl Murphy, who was sold to Newcastle for around £3m in August.

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Evans is seen by many as the man to carry the can for this, McCarthy having to bring in free agents and little-known non-league youngsters to try and fill the void left by the Republic of Ireland international.

McCarthy has had some success this season when it comes to recruitment, loan star Tom Lawrence and young defender Adam Webster notable successes, and he has thrived before as a manager in the Championship, not only with Town, but also at Sunderland and Wolves, where he built title-winning teams.

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Despite that, and his relative success with Republic of Ireland at the 2002 World Cup, only 22% would be prepared to give the manager more time, based on his past achievements.

Not that he has become a bad manager, this doesn’t happen overnight , but his tactics and team selection have come under increasing scrutiny this season, 74% of fans highlighting the former as their biggest issue with the Yorkshire-born 58-year-old, who recently celebrated 25 years as a football manager.

The Blues have eight games remaining this season and will hope to go some way to ensuring their safety in upcoming back-to-back home games against Birmingham (18th) and Wigan (23rd).

Should they fail to get at least four points from those winable games, then the ones that follow, against Fulham, Burton, Newcastle, Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest could well be extremely nervy affairs.

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