Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Aaron Mclean and Mick McCarthy could be a match made in heaven

07:00 18 January 2013

Aaron McLean shoots at Cardiff during the first half

Aaron McLean shoots at Cardiff during the first half

PAGEPIX LTD 07976 935738

HE hopes it will be a match made in heaven.

New boy Aaron Mclean admits he may not be the most technically gifted striker, but he believes his hard work ethic – both on and off the pitch – will fit perfectly with manager Mick McCarthy’s ideals at Ipswich Town.

The 29-year-old, who has joined the Blues on loan from Championship promotion-chasers Hull City until the end of the season, said: “That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to come here because I know what the manager expects. He knows that every game I go into I look to give everything.

“Different players bring different things to the table. I’ve played with so many players who are technically much better than myself, but because they weren’t prepared to put the hard work in they’re not playing at the same level as myself.

“Everything that I’ve got I’ve had to work hard for and I’ll continue to do that until the day I hang up my boots. Throughout my whole career I’ve had to prove people wrong.”

He added: “Mick’s been unbelievable with me. He tried to sign me at Wolves years ago and that fills me with confidence.

“He’s so honest. He tells you what he expects from you and if you don’t deliver he’ll let you know. Some people tell you one thing and do another, but you can’t help but have respect for Mick.”

Mclean has a further year left on his contract at Hull, but he admits Ipswich are definitely a club that he would like to join on a permanent basis.

Having seen his career stall somewhat at the KC Stadium, the man who played at several non-league clubs before getting his big break at Peterborough United believes Town assistant boss Terry Connor – a former striker himself – will get the best out of him again at Portman Road.

“Terry has been unbelievable,” enthused the front man, whose primary competition for a starting place comes from David McGoldrick, Frank Nouble, Daryl Murphy and Michael Chopra.

“From the start of his sessions to the end, you get exactly what he wants you to get out of it.

“For example, the other day we did a session and for the first minute he said ‘we’re just going to do one-touch’. We did the minute and then he said ‘why do I want you to do one-touch? Because I want you to be making angles’.

“The standard of the session went up by a million per cent after that. Something as little as that will get so much more out of the boys.

“He knows how to make the sessions enjoyable. There’s nothing worse than going for a shooting session and you lose concentration because it’s not enjoyable. He’s got a way of making sure you stay concentrated throughout the whole session.

“His drills in training have been different gear.

“He talks to everyone with respect and treats them like adults whereas some managers will talk to you as if you are 10-year-old kids.

“The way he carries himself on the training pitch and off it has been top class.”

3 comments

  • Presumably transfers to heaven have to be made on a permanent basis

    Report this comment

    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Its not technique or hard work we want from you frank, just goals !!!

    Report this comment

    gaz man gaz

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Rob, cast your mind back - when was the last time you had anything to say about anything?

    Report this comment

    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn is distraught after Robert Ullathorne's back pass bobbled over his foot and into the net against Ipswich in April 1996

The East Anglian derby has a long and rich history of good and bad moments for Ipswich Town fans – but what’s your favourite memory?

Alex Neil and Mick McCarthy go head-to-head again on Sunday in the latest East Anglian derby. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City and Ipswich Town renew rivalries at Carrow Road this coming weekend with bragging rights and Championship points at stake.

Kevin Bru and Steven Naismith in action during the Ipswich Town v Norwich City match at Portman Road in August.   Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town go in search of their first East Anglian derby victory since April 2009, and their first at Carrow Road for 11 years, on Sunday.

Tommy Miller played in three derby games

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Tommy Miller has called for calm heads as the Blues attempt to win their first East Anglian derby for almost eight years, on Sunday.

Norwich City's Gary Megson slumps to his knees after scoring a last-gasp own goal against Ipswich in December 1993.

Continuing our look back at great derby day wins for Ipswich, today we transport you back to December 1993 – and a last minute own goal which had Blues fans celebrating..

Ipswich Town legends Frans Thijssen and Arnold Muhren (right)

Dutch legends Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen will support Ipswich Town from afar on Sunday, when the Blues head to Norwich for the East Anglian derby.

Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy challenges for the ball in last summer's match against Norwich City.  Picture: Steve Waller

It is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the season for football fans in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Ben Morris (right)

Danny Rowe, Ben Morris and Shane McLoughlin were the goalscorers as Ipswich Town’s under-23s defeated their Crystal Palace counterparts, 3-0, at Dulwich Hamlet, on Monday afternoon.

Grant Ward crosses the ball against Norwich, earlier in the season

Improving Ipswich Town were more than a match for play-off chasing Leeds United at the weekend and, but for the crossbar and goalkeeper Rob Green, could have easily have taken all three points.

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy tipped Leeds United to reach the Championship play-offs after watching his Blues side hold the Whites in the Championship, 1-1, at the weekend.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24