Mick McCarthy says he’s been ‘talking around’ big issues with Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans

There remains an air of uncertainty about Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy's future. Picture: PAGEPIX

There remains an air of uncertainty about Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy's future. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy today spoke to the press ahead of Saturday’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday. Are we any nearer to knowing his future? Not really.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he continues to ‘talk around’ the big issues with owner Marcus Evans.

The Blues are in danger of their lowest finish since the late 1950s and McCarthy has said for months that he would consider his future this summer, taking into account how fans felt about him and whether Evans would support him with a competitive transfer budget.

In recent weeks the determined Yorkshireman has signalled his intent to stay on for the final year of his contract and rebuild a squad capable of challenging at the top end of the Championship again.

Evans has delayed their chat until after the final game of the season though, while all big decisions about transfers and contracts remain on hold.

Asked if any discussions about budget had taken place with Evans, McCarthy replied: “No, we’ve only been talking around it at the moment. I’ll sit down with him after the (Nottingham) Forest game (next Sunday) and discuss it then.”

Asked if he had spoken to any of his loan players’ parent clubs about the potential for permanent deals, he replied: “I’m not thinking about that at the moment. I just want to get through the last two games to be quite honest with you.

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“Toums (Toumani Diagouraga) has done well, as has Emyr (Huws). They helped steady the ship for a while and have both been good for us. I’ll talk to them.”

Asked what was happening with skipper Luke Chambers and fellow senior defender Christophe Berra, who are both nearing the end of their deals, he explained: “The options (in their contracts for an extra 12 months) have to be exercised by a certain date and they will be exercised. Then we can deal with whether there are any negotiations over and beyond – that’s for them, their agents and Marcus (Evans) to discuss.

“Chambo wants to stay, of course. It’s been well-publicised that Christophe has a daughter back in Scotland and he’d like to be there, but we have an option on him and he’s been a really fantastic player for us, a stalwart.

“I’ll leave all that with Marcus.”

McCarthy revealed that Paul Digby will join Jonathan Douglas, Leon Best and Giles Coke in being released, but that talks with the likes of Reading loanee Dominic Samuel and Jordan Spence haven’t begun.

So, to confirm, most transfer and contract situations are on hold for now?

“Yeah, until the last game of the season, it would be a bit premature to be talking about that until then,” replied McCarthy.

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