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Mick McCarthy’s message to managerial rivals...We can challenge any Championship club when it comes to wages

11:55 15 January 2013

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MICK McCarthy has gone against the tide of his predecessors by claiming he is confident geography won’t be a sticking point when bringing in new players.


Town fans have grown tired of managers using the location of their team as a reason why the Blues have been unable to attract players to Portman Road.

Paul Jewell echoed the comments of Roy Keane when he admitted in September he was “up against geography a bit” as he looked to bring in loan players.

Try telling that to McCarthy who has moved with impressive speed to bring in four players in the first fortnight of the January transfer window – with the possibility of more following in the coming days.

Just four months after Jewell voiced his concerns, McCarthy today insisted: “The money generally decides where players are going to, but the manager, the coaching staff, the ground, the fans, the area all play a part – and we are alright in some of those aspects.”

McCarthy has already been backed by Marcus Evans, just months after the owner appeared to rein in the expenditure under Jewell.

And while the former Blues boss claimed Ipswich had one of the lowest wage budgets in the Championship, the situation appears to be changing.

McCarthy admitted: “In terms of attracting players, I don’t think there’s a problem. And we challenge most in the league when it comes to wages.”

The Blues boss will hope to tie up deals for Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp and Colchester United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth ahead of Saturday’s home match with second-bottom Barnsley.

But the manager knows the changing football climate means he won’t have to lay out big transfer fees to improve his squad.

With the Financial Fair Play all but ending the days of long contracts and big money below the Premier League, McCarthy said: “There are a hell of a lot of players coming out of contract this summer all around the country at different clubs. It does give me an advantage.”



  • Refhreshing. Seems to be someone who knows his business. The incoherence of the past seems to be disappearing and some shape taking place with regard to squad building. Is Mr Clegg still away?

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    Mike Wyatt

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Steroo's been at the thesaurus again, must have finished reading the phone book!

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Steroo- the point is it's up to the manager to sign players who are not out for easy money and who have both potential and drive. In the past the recent managers were not up to it to do this but MM has a bit more nouse than that (in my opinion anyway). PS the only one on here who is gullible is you. You have to remember that all clubs have different wage structures dependant on who owns the club, what their income streams are etc etc. The financial fair play rules are seemingly in place to level the playing field which is a way forward. If it was only about money etc QPR would not be bottom of the premiership. The overuse of words like delusional, moribund and gullible do nothing in putting your points forward and only show you up to be a poisonous sad and bitter troll.

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Well said whymarkmariner, these cossetted and largely overpaid players don't know what real life is like until football abandons them as players. Have suggested this before, let them try riding the Tour De France course then they''ll know what hard work is.

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • It isn't before time that the tide is turning. Players have for too long had the upper hand and held many a club to rensom. Look at Theo Walcott, a reputed offer of £77,000 a week and still he want's more. The day's when players claimed and probably rightly that they needed the high wages as they had a short career no longer applies. Yes, they still have a relatively short career and not all players are on £130,000 a week, but even £10,000 is as much as some people earn in a year and when you consider what they do for it then it becomes mind blowing. A few hours a day on the training ground and maybe two matches a week. If they play away they get to stay in a top hotel with food and drink. A coach to ferry them to the ground, no doubt with all mod cons and a few thousand supporters paying through the nose to get to see them, probably using part of their holiday allowance and getting home in the early hours of the following day. I'm not suggesting that the lower Divisions enjoy all these privileges, almost certainly they don't. But those that do, make the most of it. Don't squander your money, put everything into every game and enjoy it while it last's. Your the lucky one's. You better believe it.

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • If this is such a moribund club and this site produces delusional rubbish then master rob steroo , take your absurd comments somewhere else and stop boring us all senseless with them , mr moderator !!!!

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • This delusional rubbish from Mick the No Loans Man is worrying. Not only is it patently absurd that a moribund club starved of its own income can compete with the plethora of recently relegated clubs or clubs with visible owners and assets, it will it be misleading gullible readers. More importantly it is sending out entirely the wrong message that will attract the attention of players keen for easy money.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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