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Mick McCarthy warns players he’ll replace them if they don’t perform

07:00 10 November 2012

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy


LEE Martin’s silly bookings, Michael Chopra’s off-field problems, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ inconsistency and the recurring glaring individual errors – new Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits he is beginning to see why predecessor Paul Jewell was pulling his hair out at times, but insists he will be not be putting up with such worries.

After McCarthy’s players put in a spirited display at Birmingham to seal him a 1-0 winning start last weekend, the Blues capitulated in worryingly familiar fashion at high-flying Crystal Palace on Tuesday as three second-half penalties were conceded in a 5-0 defeat.

The rock-bottom Blues – without a league win at Portman Road in more than seven months – host in-form Burnley today. And if they are not careful the five point gap between them and Championship safety could soon increase.

“All I know is that Paul (Jewell) is a good guy and a good manager,” said McCarthy. “He was pulling his hair out at certain things at this club and I don’t want to be pulling my hair out because I haven’t got that much.

“I’ve come in here and I’ll get them all grafting and working. I’ll try and get the best out of them. If they don’t give me their best then, at the first chance I get, I’ll replace them with somebody else.”

Martin is suspended for today’s game after picking up his fifth of the season at Selhurst Park. The attacking midfielder was once made to train with the youth team by Jewell following a red card at Peterborough – and McCarthy has echoed similar words of frustration about the player.

“It’s disappointing because he’s played well in my first two games,” said the Blues boss. “It’s dopey getting banned for five bookings. I didn’t realise I had such a tough tackler. I expect him to tackle, but not to get five bookings for God’s sake.”

On Michael Chopra – whose time at Ipswich has been marred by a series of off-field problems – McCarthy, who is yet to have played last season’s top scorer, said: “I come in here and hear all the stories about him, whatever it might be. I remember him and I know him as Michael Chopra who was always a threat, always a goalscorer.

“I’ve just had words with him now because he came to see me. I just said ‘get in my team’ and I have to say he did really well for the Under-21s on Wednesday.”

Asked about Emmanuel-Thomas’ inconsistency, he said: “It’s amazing, it’s always the same at football clubs. The best players are never playing. Then they come knocking on your door, you put them in the team and then you remember they weren’t the best players. My message to all of them is prove to me why they should be in the team and then stay there.”

He added; “I hope I can get the best out of all of them – I generally do get the best out of people. I think you’ll finds that most players who’ve played for me would play for me again. There will be one or two that wouldn’t, but I wouldn’t want them anyway.”

– See today’s EADT for full match preview.


  • Town definitely need someone to say it as it is. As a lot of players either seem to be waiting for their loan to finish or to be given a pay off so they can ply their trade elsewhere. The one's that signed must have been happy to come to ITFC with the terms and conditions to their liking. Just because things are going wrong why not put it all in and try to dig us out. As Mick say's, if they are not prepared to do this then he must seek out players hungry enough to want to see this once great club where it belongs and that's not in the 1st Division.

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    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • I have to admit that I love Mick McCarthy's attitude here, i think it's the right approach. We all know that getting out of this fix will not be quick, but can't help believing we are at last on the right track. Lets all give the manager and team a great welcome and support this afternoon, COYB

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    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Well said......that could be a complete new starting 11 this time next week then. Big time Charlies out..

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    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • I find this sympathy for Jewell worrying - like the fact that he bought dud players who he subsequently could not get to perform was somebody elses fault. Chopras gambling problems were a poorly kept secret & Wenger does not sell young players without good reason. As regards Martin I know he was bought by Keane but fell out of favour with him - only to be brought back into the fold by PJ so again his decision. While MM still holds PJ in such regard I see very little chance of a change of tactics or personel to improve the clubs position. Dropping Hyam & Carson from the squad was done before they played a match for him & can only be viewed as McCarthy adhering to the discredited philosophy of his 'friend' & predecessor ????

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Agreed - just need to deliver - get rid of all those without passion and grit. Still worried about the choice for Goalkeeper - the fans don't warm to him - do we?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Rob Steroo made to look a fool= yes.

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    I am Spartacus

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Mick the Man needs to be careful with his hollow words because morale in the dressing room is as rock bottom following two managers who have not had the remotest clue about building a team. Those deluded supporters who think Mick the Man can somehow fashion a silk purse out of this particularly rank pig's ear of a football club must already be harbouring doubts - particularly hearing his absurd rating of Jewell... hopefully all you sycophantic journos in attendance burst out laughing at his daft comments - and if not, why not?

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Well said Mick.lets just hope they turn on the style this afternoon,and those that don't get shown the door.There is a lot of room for improvement which your well aware of.Just get the back four sorted and we can go from there. COYB

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    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Pretty much the reason why I am happy with MM as the manager. He tells it how it is, no fluffing, no sweetening. The players have to play well to be in the side. I'm off to the game now and actually have a feeling we will get something today- I'll guess at 2-1. Will be interesting to see what the attendance is. Bet it won't be less than 18k...

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    I am Spartacus

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

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