JOSH Carson needs to ‘rip up’ League Two if he is to salvage his faltering Ipswich Town career.

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That’s the assessment of Blues boss Mick McCarthy after he allowed the 19-year-old midfielder to join a York City side fighting to retain their Football League status on a month-long loan.

Carson looked like he could be next big thing to emerge from Town’s academy when he burst onto the scene under the management of Roy Keane in the 2011/12 season, the teenager scoring three goals in his first five appearances.

International caps for Northern Ireland followed, but he soon slipped down the pecking order under Paul Jewell and has not featured for the first team at all under McCarthy.

“He’s not going to get in my first team – he’s not at that level just now,” said the Blues boss.

“I think he played in the last game before I came, against Sheffield Wednesday (3-0 home defeat), but a month away will do him some good. He needs some football.”

He added: “I’m not giving up on him. If he wants to play in my team, he needs to go up to York and rip it up. It needs to be a case of ‘Josh Carson is in for player of the month’. That’s what I’ll be looking for.

“Surely players don’t need encouragement from a manager to go away and do well on loan. If he wants to be here and be a player then he’ll know the only way that can happen is if he gets some competitive football.”

In August 2011, former Blues boss Jewell said that Carson had not returned to pre-season ‘in as good a shape as he possibly could have been’ and told the youngster to ‘knuckle down’.

He later said he was pleased with the way Carson was ‘maturing’ and handed him a new two-year deal last February.

The Ballymena-born player – who has linked back up with his former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington at Bootham Crescent – made his York debut on Saturday, the Minstermen losing 2-0 at home to Port Vale to slide to within a point of the drop zone.

Carson is one of just 14 players who are contracted to be at Portman Road beyond the end of June.

13 comments

  • If he is good enough he will come through. To me he is another Bowditch slogging it out in the lower divisions and if he has the talent then league 2 must be the place to show what he has. Lets see his attitude and make the judgements from there. There's no point going on about other players that have been allowed to go. It happens at all clubs and will never change. Bent anyone?? There's no point having someone hanging around if he is not good enough right now and if he leaves and makes a name for himself then good on him. MM is in a much better position than we are to make judgements considering he sees him in training.

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    redhotitfc

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Steroo, yawn yawn. MM knows more about football management than you could ever know, and his record to date is good - so get lost.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • My brother and I sponsored the Man of the Match for the Palace home game in 2011 and a photo of JC hangs proudly on my lounge wall - it was an easy choice as he scored both goals. Jimmy Bullard helped him with all the photos after the game since he was so young.Perhaps he needs one of the older players to take him under his wing, as he clearly had the talent 2 years ago and it can shine again.

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    Bluemoses

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Am I missing the point you two, does the article not say that he is not playing well enough to get into the team

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    threenewknees

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • OT As i clearly state below dropping someone due to a lack of height is often a tactical decision and one that many managers have taken. I don't know why you insist on focussing on it as it is a perfectly valid reason. the difference between RS and JC is that whilst both are young men with arguebly to much money out for a good time and enjoying their fame (as i suspect many of us would, I'm not criticising either for that) the former has, as he is paid to do maintained his fitness, worked hard, trained well and forced his way into a quality team whilst the latter turned up to work out of shape (according to Paul Jewell) and as such not fit for it. Having two kids has nothing to do uwith it. their personal lives are their own. MM has clearly set out what he needs to see from him to get back I'm his team. Jet managed it. yes we need to see maintain it but it proves MM is quite fair. Jc i say should, if he is all you claim be able to manage that. as for BR he was the greatest man football has ever had but the game has changed so much since his time that it is a moot point. PJ had AC stay at his house when he moved to town but you never mention that. perhaps because it doesn't suit help your arguement. the fact is you and i clearly disagree about football in general and that's fine i don't begrudge you your opinions. what gets me is that i cannot remember the last time you said ANYTHING positive about the club or the team and that is in spite of the fact that MM has lifted us of the bottom of the table and consistently picked up points. are you really saying that you don't think he deserves until at least the end of the next transfer window before you judge his policy? Because if you really think that one short, frantic, over inflated transfer window is enough time for a manager to rebuild a team and make his mark on it then that basicly makes you venkys and underlines the idiocrity of your argument

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Well said threenewknees. Carson despite early promise has failed to progress. It doesn't matter what the article is about it just gives twisted Rob Steroo another platform to vilify MM. He has his own warped agenda. MM on the other hand will focus on getting Town safe.

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    Onefineday

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Aahhh - the twisted logic of a gravy-train riding manager... Carson needs to 'go away for a month to get some footbal'l apparently.... this from a man who has loaned in a dozen players from elsewhere and ignored Carson completely....seemingly oblivious to the fact that from mid-November onwards, Carson and any other remotely promising player could have been tried to try and salvage something from the most inept and embarrassing season for 50 years. Alas the opportunity was wasted on a sea of loans and the club will end the season with virtually no contracted players and a seemingly illogical manager scouring the last pickings from the Wolves reject bin. Carson provides a fine cameo of exactly why Town have slipped so far off the rails over the last decade... although to be fair the current system, not to mention Town's suicidal economic policy, encourages players like Carson NOT to perform so they can negotiate a better contract elsewhere.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Am I missing the point you two, does the article not say that he is not playing well enough to get into the team

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    threenewknees

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Well said threenewknees. dj, please add a comma here in there in a weak attempt to say something useful, and as for Steroo, get a life!

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    Rob Bill

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • When playing against a physical team height is often key. Putting out a team of big lads is often a tactical decision. As a pro (regarless of age) JC should be able to handle this. Old timer you have no knowlede of what was said by PJ to JC so you cant really commnet on the handleing of it. Bottom line is we all get knock backs. Gewt over it and try and do more is what should have happened. What actually happened was JC returned out of shape. This appauling from a young pro trying to make it in the game and says alot about his attitutde toi his career. If he cant be bothered why should the club or the manger be? MM has given him an oppotunity to out and play and stake his claim for a place in the match day squad in future. Given how highly you seem to rae him he should have no trouble making and imnpact at york given he has dropped down 2 divisions. Look at Raheem Sterling at liverpool as an example of what we should have seen from JC. Fact is JC has not shown ennough to either manger to warrant a return to the squad. I belive it was in fact PJ who gave JC his debut (at least his full one) and he also gave him a 2 year deal. surely that should have helped him keep his head up? Are both these experianced manger wrong? or are you?

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Another promising youth player like Rhodes etc that town have left behind and gone on to flourish elsewhere if you remember back to preseason and the West Ham game we played them off the park Lee Martin in the middle with a free run luke Hyam Andy Drury and Josh Carson out wide that was the team that we thought this was our season however we are now no better off than previous seasons relying on other peoples rejects and not playing our own promising future stars Marcus Evans needs to tighten the purse strings and look in house first particularly with the financial fair play coming into effect.

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    dj

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • TrueBlue - we none of us know what was said - at least after Jewells initial comment that he was dropped 'for one game only' because of his lack of height !!!!!! These 2 'experienced managers' should have been able to put this experience to good use & deal with an 18 year old kid.This was how Bobby Robson made Ipswich great - dealing with youngsters - bringing them through - giving encouragement & support. The reason Kevin Beattie signed was that BR took the trouble to meet him from the train when he came as a youth for a trial. All that team will attest to the fatherly treatment he gave then - even taking Eric Gates to live with his own family. Eric turned out to be an England international & was certainly never dropped because of his lack of inches. As regards your example of Raheem Stirling as a role model I would venture to suggest that anybody that has fathered 2 children by the age of 17 is neither showing the maturity or professionalism which you claim for him !!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • No pressure then - he's got to 'rip it up' & be in for 'player of the month' . What I'd like to ask MM is how many of the plethera of loanees he's brought into the club have been up for player of the month.???????? Carson was doing well for Town till Jewell dropped him 'for one match ony' - because - wait for it - he 'wasn't tall enough' !!!!! He was never brought back into the team - what was he meant to think.He was an 18 year old boy being treated in a cavalier fashion by a totally inept manager - hardly surprising that his head dropped a bit. All this at a time when every whim of Chopra was being pampered whatever his indiscretions. Carson is still a boy & should be given every encouragement to rebuild his confidence ???? MM should be more concerned that Scotland may well be in line for player of the month !!!

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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