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‘We’ll be losing a few players,’ says Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy

PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:47 20 April 2017

Ipswich Town are heading towards an interesting summer with the future of Mick McCarthy and several players uncertain. Photo: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Town are heading towards an interesting summer with the future of Mick McCarthy and several players uncertain. Photo: PAGEPIX

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says the club will be ‘losing a few players’ this summer.

With Easter weekend victories against Burton and Newcastle making the Blues mathematically safe from Championship relegation, the planning for the club’s 16th successive season in the second-tier can begin.

Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Steven Taylor, Jordan Spence, Paul Digby, Jonathan Douglas and Leon Best are all nearing the end of their deals, while Tom Lawrence, Emyr Huws, Toumani Diagouraga, Jonny Williams and Dominic Samuel will see their loans expire.

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski is also set to be coveted.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game at rock-bottom Rotherham, McCarthy said: “(Planning ahead) has been tentative because we didn’t know if we were safe. I’ll sit down with (owner) Marcus (Evans) now to discuss what we want to do, what he wants to do and what I want to do. Hopefully we can come up with something.

“There is a real opportunity to freshen it up because there are a lot of players out of contract and quite a few on loan – do they want to stay, do we want them, can we sign them? There’ll be all those things in the mix.

“We’ll be losing a few players. It could be a new look. This is my fifth season and, as I’ve said before, I think people can get tired of you. I don’t know how many team talks you can do? Sometimes it needs changing. There have been calls for me to be changed, but my intention is to come back and build a team capable of challenging for the play-offs again.”

Asked if contract talks had now started with players coming to the end of their deals, he said: “No, because we’ve not been in (since Monday). This is our first day back.”

Asked when his own big chat with Evans will happen, he replied: “When I sit down and talk to him.”

Is there a date set for that? “There is; I’m just not telling you because you’ll be in my earhole then asking me what’s happening. You’ll find out what’s happened as supposed to when it’s happening.”

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

It is a discussion which keeps rumbling on – should players celebrate when they score against former teams?

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 0

Leyton Orient 2

Ipswich Town Ladies’ unbeaten run came to an end against a dominant Leyton Orient side as two first half goals ensured that the visitors would be leaving with all three points, writes Ethan Turner.

Defender Adam Webster makes his return from an ankle injury tonight for the Ipswich Town under 23s.

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