Russell Osman says Ipswich Town need to string some results together to ease the pressure on Mick McCarthy
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Ipswich Town need to put a run of good results together if the supporters are going to be united behind manager Mick McCarthy once more, says Blues legend Russell Osman.
Town have failed to win back-to-back matches in a stop-start season and have achieved that feat just twice in what has been a frustrating 2016.
Having comprehensively beaten Queens Park Rangers 3-0 at Portman Road at the weekend, the Blues now head to faltering Bristol City on Saturday – a team who have claimed just seven points from a possible 21.
Former centre-back Osman made more than 300 appearances for Town during the halcyon era of the late 70s and early 80s. He went on to play for and manage Bristol City.
Currently out in Calcutta working as a pundit for Star Sports, watching the Indian Super League, he said: “Ipswich need to string more results back-to-back.
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“They need to put some performances together, both home and away, and move into the top third of the table to ease the pressure on the manager.”
Does he sense that McCarthy is under pressure then – and, if that’s the case, is that fair?
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“It’s difficult for me to say because I don’t see all the games,” he said. “I get to see quite a few on TV over here and obviously the performance against Nottingham Forest recently was not good. I did some radio work when Ipswich played at Bristol City last season (2-0 loss in February) and that wasn’t good either.
“From what I gather on social media, one or two of the locals are not too impressed and they see more of it than me.
“Listen, the better players you can afford, the better football you can afford to play. Mick McCarthy has done a good job of keeping the team in the top third of the table over the last few years, but I hear a lot of supporters saying Ipswich should play the brand of football they were known for in the old days.
“Sometimes that is not possible. Mick has been working wonders on a small budget and had the team punching above its weight for a while. You can only do that for so long.
“You have to rely on players coming through the academy and it’s good to see Josh Emmanuel doing well because he was terrific when I was at the club (as Under-18 manager from 2011-13).”
Osman added: “I’ve lived in Bristol for 15 years now. Funnily enough, Cole Skuse’s wife used to babysit my kids when he played for Bristol City!
“They got off to a good start, but have slipped over the past few weeks. Lee Johnson could do no wrong not so long ago and now it seems he can do no right. Things can change very quickly in the Championship.”
A win on Saturday could see Town draw level on points with free-falling rivals Norwich City.