Mick McCarthy says he won’t walk away from Ipswich Town in summer

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy at Fulham. Photo: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy at Fulham. Photo: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he won’t walk away from Portman Road, wants to build another play-off challenging side and has criticised supporters who claim he has ruined the Blues.

Town manager Mick McCarthy walks on ahead of the Ipswich Town v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) match

Town manager Mick McCarthy walks on ahead of the Ipswich Town v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 04 February 2017. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Town head to fifth-bottom Burton Albion tomorrow, nine points clear of the Championship relegation zone with five games to play, before hosting title-chasing Newcastle United on Easter Monday.

The Blues have won just two of their last 15 league games and suffered the humiliation of an FA Cup defeat at non-league Lincoln City earlier in the season.

However, after rescuing the club from near-certain League One football in the 2012-13 season, McCarthy went on to secure three top-10 finishes and led the Blues to the play-offs in 2015.

With that credit in the bank, McCarthy believes he has every right to stay at Portman Road and wants to build another team capable of finishing in the top-six.

“At this moment in time I will be in charge and if that’s the case, then things need to change, of course,” said McCarthy.

“It can be that you are with your players for too long and eventually, they need to change or the manager needs to change.


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“If for some reason it’s somebody else (another manager) then it will change because they will want different players.”

He added: “As for some of the stuff about ‘Mick McCarthy you’ve ruined our club’, that’s the biggest load of cobblers I have ever heard.

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“I saved the club from relegation and I have had three top-10 finishes. The one time I have a bad season then people have turned their backs on me which is a bit of a surprise and it’s disappointing.

“But hey-ho, I am not walking away. I have a year’s contract to run and unless something else is done, no, I am not going, no way.

“I am looking forward to getting enough points to make sure we stay in this league. I will go and have a break, and I will come back full of vim and vigour again.”

McCarthy replaced Paul Jewell in November 2012 with Town five points adrift at the bottom of the Championship.

He then led the team to finishes of ninth, sixth and seventh, before this season’s disappointment.

“I would like to have it as it was two years ago, even last season,” McCarthy admitted.

“We have had three top-10 finishes, I saved them from relegation, is what I did, three top-10 finishes and this year it’s been bad.

“I don’t think it’s been justified what has gone on, to be honest with you, and my intention is to stay on and build another team that is hopefully as successful as the one when we finished sixth

“If that p****s off a lot of people, so be it.”

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