MANAGER’S REACTION: Mick McCarthy hails ‘special’ win at former club Wolves

Saturday, December 29, 2012
6:15 PM

Wolves v Ipswich: IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy says his side’s 2-0 win at Molineux has given him some closure.

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The Blues boss spent almost six largely successful years as Wolves boss, guiding them to the Championship title and twice keeping them in the Premier League, before being sacked as the Midlands team again battled relegation towards the end of last season.

He was given a warm reception from home supporters upon his return both before and after the match today, with goals from Aaron Cresswell and DJ Campbell wrapping up a professional away victory.

“I’d be a liar if I said it didn’t mean something special, because it did,” said McCarthy.

“My last game here I had to leave through the back door – and I’ll never forget that. That was a real horrible day for me.

“To have won and to have had the applause and ovation was nice. I think it shows what most Wolves fans really thought of me, as supposed to the minority that made me leave through the back door.

“The ones that were singing ‘Mick McCarthy out’ are doing it for Stale (Solbakken) now. All I’ll say is, ‘be careful, you might get what you wish for.’

“That will be the lasting memory for me now though – being applauded off rather than leaving through the back door. Thank you to all of them that did that for me today.”

Ipswich are now eight points clear of the relegation zone and 10 points adrift of the top-six thanks to McCarthy’s impressive return of 23 points from a possible 33 as manager. He has masterminded victories in four of his seven away games.

“I thought we were excellent,” said the Blues boss. “I’m not bothered if Stan Cullis had been sat in the stands, he couldn’t have said that they deserved to win today.

“Even the staunchest Wolves player or supporter couldn’t say we didn’t deserve that today.

“The game plan worked – I thought it was a good performance. They worked so hard and the players deserve credit for that. They put a real shift in.”

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for analysis, comment and more reaction.

8 comments

  • A splendid win, thanks to a good manager who knows what he's doing and some great players who have responded to encouragement. Now all we want is three points against Brighton and the five teams above us to draw or lose!!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Credit where credit is due. Mick would not have been my first choice but at the moment you have to recognise that the results are providing a basis for a new and successful future. A long way home to the Premiership but at last we appear to have begun the real journey. There will be twists and turns and ups and down to be sure. Keep this momentum going and who knows what the outcome will be?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • @ Old Timer, You are correct in what you say BUT I feel that we do owe PJ 'a debt of gratitude' and that is walking away (by mutual consent) when he did. Pity, though, it wasn't a few months earlier !!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Careful Old Timer - much more of your realism and common sense and you will be accused of being a Norwich fan. It really is pitiful to see Ipswich 'supporters' eulogise the achievements of Mick the Man and his half-a-team keeping pace with the other teams in mid-table... the same lowly position Jewell was getting ridiculed for a year ago. No doubt they will all be calling for Mick the Man to go when he is starved of funds to buy his old Wolves lags and lack the courage to play players already on the books... and he starts wondering what to do with his pay off.... in say 18 months time.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • never felt more like singing the blues, when ipswich win and norwich lose, o ipswich you got me singing the blues.COYB.

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    david peters

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Mathematically closer to the play offs than relegation zone now - unlike narwich! Dont think its Town fans who are looking over their shoulders now, eh canary boys!

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    Liz Knott

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • what a turn around mick the man does it again,well done to all the lads,COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • I'll try again !!!!!!!! Firstly let me say that I agree that MM has done a good job at ITFC - but feel this article is misleading regarding our position in relation to the play offs. Should Watford - in 6th place - win there game in hand we will still be 13 points off the final play off position. This is EXACTLY the same position we were in when McCarthy took over from the hapless Jewell. Those who measure our position in points away from 6th place seem to assume that the teams above us will not gain any additional points - even when they play each other. We should congratulate MM on what he has done so far but focus on staying in the division & not set unrealistic targets - plus those Jewell apologists such as Cyril & Frank should stop suggesting we owe PJ a 'debt of gratitude'.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

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