‘I’m not prepared to say anything’ - McCarthy refuses to elaborate on exit joke

Mick McCarthy has been in charge of Ipswich Town for five years but is set to be out of contract in

Mick McCarthy has been in charge of Ipswich Town for five years but is set to be out of contract in the summer. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, unprompted, joked about potentially leaving the club ‘hand-in-hand’ with striker David McGoldrick this summer when speaking during this afternoon’s press conference. STUART WATSON quizzed him further on the comments.

*After confirming he wants David McGoldrick to stay*

Q: If you’re interested in (keeping) David McGoldrick have you told (owner) Marcus (Evans) that? Should he be putting something on the table for David to consider to stay here and sign on again?

A: Didz might want to leave with me.

Q: He might do, but isn’t the obvious thing if you want him to stay here to get a deal tied up like Bart (Bialkowski)?


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A: We don’t know. We could leave hand-in-hand out the golden gates here *laughs*.

Ipswich Town have finished 14th, 9th, 6th, 7th and 16th in the Championship under Mick McCarthy's ma

Ipswich Town have finished 14th, 9th, 6th, 7th and 16th in the Championship under Mick McCarthy's management. Photo: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

*Picked up on those comments later in the press conference*

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Q: I wasn’t going to ask about your future and contract today but your comments, made sort of jokingly, about ‘I might walk out with David at the end of the season’ means we have to talk about that now...

A: Not really. You can ask me.

Q: Those comments will be discussed. Do you want to stay at Ipswich Town? Do you want to leave?

A: You will find out, won’t you, at some stage. But other than that I’m not prepared to say anything else.

Q: Have you spoken to Marcus yet, about your future?

A: Unless you don’t understand what I’ve just said I won’t say anything else so...

Q: You’re just not prepared to talk about that at this stage?

A: No, because we have Wolves to play tomorrow and it’s a big game for us. If we beat them we will be back on the back of the play-offs.

That’s important to me, what we do on the pitch. Anything else is kind of irrelevant I think.

It might not be to everyone else and you might all want to know but sadly, unfortunately, you’re not going to find out.

I want to play tomorrow and get on with it and play well. That’s me.

Q: It’s not just us in this room wanting to know, it’s the wider fan base who want to know what your future is.

A: But you’re going to tell them. You are going to tell them you see and it’s not me who breaks confidences, it’s the people I tell.

Q: But you can understand why the fans want to know what the future is for this club and for you given you are so intrinsically linked to that. You can understand why they want to know at this stage what the future is?

A: I think they will all be coming to tomorrow to see us play and play well. That’s what’s important, that’s what’s very important to me.

Q: So they need to park all that to one side and get behind the team?

A: If we win tomorrow there will be a great atmosphere and we’ll all get applauded off. If we don’t, if we get beat, it will be completely the opposite and I might be being told where to go anyway by a lot of them.

That’s just the way it is and I can’t affect that in any other way than getting my team to be well organised, play well and hopefully win.

And that’s for all our benefits. The players, the club, me and the fans.

Q: Thank you

A: It’s a pleasure.

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