‘I’m not enjoying it’ – McCarthy hints he may not see out his contract

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has suggested this afternoon’s entertaining 2-2 home draw with Millwall could be his last in charge.

The Blues went toe-to-toe with the Championship’s most in-form side, Martyn Waghorn scoring both their goals in a pulsating Easter Monday match that could have gone either way.

It was announced last week Thursday that long-serving boss McCarthy would be leaving the club when is contract expires at the end of the campaign, but he’s now dropped a strong hint he may walk away sooner with just six games to go.

“The analogy I use is that I’ve never been in a driverless car – and I never, ever intend getting in one – but this must be what it feels like,” he said. “The car is yours and the responsibility still lies with you, but you haven’t really got the control over it.

“I’m not enjoying it – no. I’m just being honest with how I feel. I’ll leave it at that, whatever happens, but I’m not enjoying it.”

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He continued: “If there is anything that will be lasting memory it will be the reaction of the players and how they have been with me. I’ve never left a job ever where the players have said ‘I’ll be glad to see the back of him’. And today they were brilliant.

“I’m pleased the fans have enjoyed it today and I think over my five-and-a-half years they have enjoyed more games than they haven’t. From selling Murph (Daryl Murphy) last year and not replacing him it’s just deteriorated. That was a great second half today though.”

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When a journalist said to him ‘see you Thursday’ as he stood up to leave, he replied ‘good luck with that’.

Asked who had scored his side’s first goal following a goalmouth scramble, McCarthy quipped: “Waggy apparently. Sky have given it to him and we know they are all powerful and everything they say is right so I’ll go with them! Waggy is delighted, he’s thrilled.

“I thought we started well in the first 20 minutes and had chances to score. When they score it kills it, the atmosphere goes dead, except for their fans who I thought were brilliant, and then second half what a response from our lads and our fans. It was like days of yore that. I enjoyed that second half.”

With Australian teenager Ben Folami making a real impact after stepping off the bench at half-time for his league debut, McCarthy explained: “We all see at times what he doesn’t do when he’s languid, doesn’t work hard enough, doesn’t react and doesn’t respond. I spoke to him last week and said to him you should be in the team with your ability.

“I asked him why he didn’t think he was in the team and he gave me all the reasons. I told him ‘don’t let it pass you by’. I just had an inkling because he’s been training really well with the first team.

“It’s down to him to grab the opportunity. Maybe he’s seen Ben Morris and Aaron Drinan on the bench ahead of him and responded to that.”

Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski pulled off three superb saves in the closing moments of the match to deny the play-off chasing Lions all three points, with visiting boss Neil Harris bemoaning ‘we should have scored seven goals in the last 10 minutes’.

“Well he should be p****d off with his strikers then shouldn’t he?!” said McCarthy.

“Bart is arguably – and I have to say ‘arguably’ because everyone else has got an opinion – the best keeper in the division. I’ll promote him. He’s got a year left (on his contract) and is getting in his international team (Poland). It’s brilliant for him because he’s been fabulous for me.

“Yes, they had chances but they didn’t put them in the net. We had chances too by the way.”

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