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Mick McCarthy’s backroom team begins to take shape

11:41 26 November 2012

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MICK McCarthy’s backroom staff is beginning to take shape.

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The Ipswich Town boss has confirmed that Dave Bowman and Ian Evans – his chief scout and European scout at Wolves – have started working for the club.

The duo were hailed for finding hidden gems such as Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly at Molineux, with Evans having been McCarthy’s assistant boss with the Republic of Ireland and Sunderland.

Steve McCall – chief scout under Paul Jewell at Portman Road – will continue to work at the club, but scouts Dave Hamilton and Mark Seagraves have departed.

Mccarthy brought his Wolves assistant, Terry Connor, to Ipswich, with Chris Hutchings having immedietely left. And now first team Sean McCarthy has gone too.

“Ian Evans and Dave Bowman will both be joining us,” confirmed McCarthy. “They’re working with me now and that will be official asap.

“We have got a real issue with that because we’ve got so many players on loan that might go back. There are discussions about DJ (Campbell) coming on a permanent move, but who knows if that will happen. When a player does well on loan their value suddenly goes up and that becomes difficult to manage.

“We might have to replace those players and that will mean it’s all hands to the pump with Dave and Taffy (Evans) and Steve McCall. We will be scouring everywhere.”

On Sean McCarthy’s departure, the Blues boss added: “We’ve had my staff come in, myself and Terry (Connor) do the coaching and we probably had a coach too many.

“Mark Kennedy will continue doing the Under-21s. I just didn’t need another first team coach.

“Sean was excellent, he was really good and made our transition into the club really smooth. He was very helpful, professional to the end and a perfect gent.

“Ian will be a European scout for us. England is in Europe though, so is Wales and Scotland and Ireland, but he will travel abroad too. He has a strong network in France and Belgium, Spain as well.”

– Ipswich Town host Nottingham Forest tomorrow night. For full match preview, see tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star.

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6 comments

  • Scouts and backroom boys all very well, but we already have the players to keep us up if MM works out who they are and manages them correctly.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • If it's taken 5 matches to get the backroom staff in place - I dread to think how long it will be before the 11 on the pitch take any recognisable shape.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • MM might do well to read Dave Gooderham's excellent article in last Friday's Ipswich Star in which he blames ME for the position we are in due to his 'holding on tightly to the purse strings' which confirms what many supporters will agree with. How he got this criticism of ME past our 'timid moderator' is a mystery since many posters on this site have been continually moderated out for trying to express similar opinions !!!! However, Dave attempts to absolve CEO Clegg from any responsibility in these matters by saying basically that SC is only 'echoing' ME's words and obeying his instructions but it does not really explain who is responsible for allowing contracts to expire and allowing numerous good players to walk away for 'free' and being forced to bring in generally short term and inadequate loanees. If CEO Clegg has been instructed to carry out these preceding exercises, it poses a question as to what does he do to justify his high profile title and undoubted salary. I for one wish MM the best of luck because as I see it, little will change whilst the present top management remain in place except the club's debt will keep rising like it has done since ITFC was so unfortunately taken over.

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • its the on the pitch team that needs to shape up. OTBC

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    clever canary

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I think with the state the town find themselves in, they will need Davey Crocketts scout to get them out of the deep hole they are in. After the worst display Saturday I can ever remember at portman road from a town team and getting a lucky penalty to get a point they did not deserve, it must be like the last stand at the Alamo by maccarthy every week.

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    ged scott

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Clever Canary & ged scott, I have to say that when the budgies were in dire trouble, the Town fans were far more inventive and witty with their quips, as they will be again in the not so distant future. Basque in the sunshine, the bad weather is soon coming.

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    Ithadtobe

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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