Mick McCarthy ‘not bothered’ if supporters’ opinions on him have changed

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has admitted the club's relationship with fans was broken and needed

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has admitted the club's relationship with fans was broken and needed mending. Photo: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy insists he is ‘not bothered’ if some supporters have changed their opinion of him in recent weeks.

The Blues boss’ name was sung with gusto when he guided the club to their first Championship top-six finish in a decade, but 18 months of stagnation led to heavy criticism about his tactics and a section of fans calling for his head.

McCarthy admitted some fans may have got bored of him, following more than four years in charge, and repeatedly said he would consider his future at the end of this season.

Town have just emerged from a tricky-looking February schedule undefeated though. New players, a new formation and a marked increase in entertainment value means the pendulum of criticism regarding the club’s Groundhog Day existence in the Championship has swung back towards owner Marcus Evans and his lack of spending on transfer fees.

Asked if the team’s recent upturn in form may have changed a few peoples’ views on him, heading into home games against Brentford (tomorrow) and Wolves (Tuesday), McCarthy replied: “I’m not bothered.

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“When you’re stood on the side of the pitch and, not everybody, but a lot of people are shouting at you... Just get on with it and do what you do and don’t worry about what anybody thinks.

“I much prefer it when fans are enjoying themselves. I just get a bit apathetic to it all when they are giving it out to me.

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“I think anyone can relate to having a bad time at work and going home, having a bottle of beer and giving it out to the wife! It’s no different for me. It’s a job. And it’s a job that’s viewed by a lot of people and gets a lot of opinions.

“If we have (changed some peoples’ opinions) then great. If people are thinking better about the club and the team then I much prefer that, of course. But how they feel about me personally, I’m not bothered.”

McCarthy said he hoped Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Norwich was a result and performance that would help ‘mend a broken relationship’ with the fans.

He said: “When you have lost that unity as badly as we had you want to change that. Fans pay good money to come and watch their team win, or at least play well and see a great game. That wasn’t happening.

“It’s important the fans feel good. I do think the majority have stayed with us.”

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