Mick McCarthy: I don’t read the papers or listen to local radio

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Blues boss Mick McCarthy insists he does not let criticism from fans and the media affect him.

The Blues boss revealed on Wednesday that he was determined to remain at Portman Road beyond the end of the season, with his current contract still having a year to run.

That is despite growing numbers of fans becoming frustrated with the current situation at Ipswich, the football being played, the results and the perceived lack of ambition from owner Marcus Evans.

McCarthy has also received his fair share of stick from the local media this season, following three successive top-10 finishes, but the former Wolves boss says that is water of a duck’s back.

I have performed particularly well and the players have, with what we have got. Sometimes you have to deal with it,” said McCarthy.

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“I don’t read the media that’s for sure, any of it, I don’t listen to the radio station, certainly not locally. I talk to them but I don’t listen to them.

“Unless I put ear plugs in I can’t do anything about the crowd on a Saturday or a Monday or whenever we’re playing.

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“I guess I have to be a bit brass-necked about that and just understand but, as I just said, apart from ‘ruining the club’, that’s the biggest load of nonsense I’ve ever heard in my life.

“It’s been tough this year, we have not been good and it’s sad that a lot of people have turned on me and turned on the players.”

McCarthy isn’t the first and won’t be the last to be criticised by fans and the media, and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is having it particularly tough at the moment.

“If Arsene Wenger can get stick ... Alex Ferguson got stick at one stage, he was getting vilified by hios own punters, and Sir Bobby (Robson) could, it’s part of the gig,” McCarthy added.

“You keep asking me about it and I will talk about it, but I am not whinging about it or talking about it every day. I come in and do my job.”

After today’s game at Burton, Town have just four games remaining and McCarthy added: “I am looking forward to my holiday, but I am also looking forward to the game on Friday night, and certainly the one on Monday so I am not wishing my life away that’s for sure, it’s going quick enough as it is!

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