Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

‘I’m surprised they aren’t above us’ – McCarthy interested to see how Norwich do on a budget

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 February 2018

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy shares a joke with Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke before the two teams met at Portman Road last October. Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy shares a joke with Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke before the two teams met at Portman Road last October. Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is looking forward to seeing how Norwich City do on a reduced budget next season ahead of the two teams meeting at Carrow Road tomorrow (12pm).

The Canaries spent three consecutive seasons in the Premier League between 2011 and 2014, then bounced back at the first time of asking in 2015 via the play-offs as they lived off the riches which come with life at the top table.

They’ve found life in the Championship rather tougher this time around though and, following last season’s eighth-place finish, they go into tomorrow’s East Anglian clash locked on the same number of points in mid-table – Town a place higher in 12th courtesy of a superior goal difference.

“I’ve been asked if I’m surprised they’re not above us,” said McCarthy. “I guess, with the money they had coming down from the Premier League and the players they’ve spent it on, then yes I am. They’ve had a few more quid than we’ve had to spend, let’s put it that way.

“We’ve got them beneath us, although they’re on the same points, as well as Hull and Sunderland – who apparently have £96million (in parachute payments) over the next three years to spend.

David McGoldrick is available for Ipswich Town again after missing the last two games with a sore knee. Photo: Steve Waller David McGoldrick is available for Ipswich Town again after missing the last two games with a sore knee. Photo: Steve Waller

“Those teams should be better but it doesn’t always work that way.”

Norwich fans ironically applauded in the 16th minute of their home East Anglian derby last season to mock Ipswich’s number of seasons stuck in the second-tier. It could be a moment which comes back to haunt them.

The Norfolk club’s multi-million pound parachute payments run out this summer and already they are looking to get their finances in order. Last month they moved on Alex Pritchard, Cameron Jerome, Steven Naismith and Russell Martin, while it’s expected that rising star James Maddison will follow out the exit door.

McCarthy, who has overseen Championship finishes of 9th, 6th, 7th and 16th on a shoestring budget at Portman Road, added: “I keep hearing stories about ones who are running out of parachute money, them included, who are going to have to budget accordingly.

“I’d like to see a few more on my budget and see how well they do, to be honest. That would be quite interesting.”

Joe Garner is spoken to by referee Tim Robinson during the first half of Town's 1-0 home loss to Norwich earlier this season. Photo: Steve Waller Joe Garner is spoken to by referee Tim Robinson during the first half of Town's 1-0 home loss to Norwich earlier this season. Photo: Steve Waller

Jonas Knudsen scored in both East Anglian derbies last season - a pair of 1-1 draws. Photo: Pagepix Ltd Jonas Knudsen scored in both East Anglian derbies last season - a pair of 1-1 draws. Photo: Pagepix Ltd

An online GoFundMe appeal has been launched in support of an Ipswich mother of six who died following an accident on the A12 last week.

A Suffolk town’s former deputy mayor has proposed a vote of no confidence in the council he resigned from and which serving members have branded “broken and dysfunctional”.

An Ipswich man has been jailed for a terrifying axe attack which sparked an armed siege and left his neighbour fearing for her life.

Rail conductor/guards working on Greater Anglia trains have called a second one-day strike in early May – but the company insists passengers will not be affected.

A second person has been charged with the murder of Colchester man Martin Dines.

In 2012 the Woodbridge teenager had just become an internet sensation.

A black tie charity ball is taking place to collect cash for an Ipswich-based baby bereavement support group.

The harshest winter for years is set to cost Suffolk County Council millions of pounds according to a report by officials.

The countdown to an international cycling spectacular sweeping through the heart of Suffolk in June has stepped up a gear – as a high-profile dignitary swapped her civic chain for a bicycle one.

Politicians from across the political spectrum have joined together to recognise the achievements of Aldeburgh born suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett as a new statue was unveiled in her memory.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24