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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.”


  • If Mick really cared about the club he would demand a budget of at least £15m for new players from ME before he agreed to stay next season. As he hates Ipswich, the club and the fans he's only staying for the cash knowing almost certainly we are in for a relegation fight and he will end up being paid off.

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    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • How long is it going to be before Mid table Mick is sacked? With no investment from ME and half the squad leaving including most of our best players, how is MM going to rebuild the team for a top six finish. Next season it will become apparent from the start that MM has only stayed on for the cash as we will be hanging around the bottom six. When does he go? After ten games when we're 15th, after Christmas when we're 18th or this time next year when we're relegated. MM makes the same mistakes over and over. Don't expect anything new from MM next season. Always blaming everyone except himself. ITFC deserve much better. MM out.

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    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • I didn't renew my season ticket and won't change my mind on that. Sadly, as others have said, MM will hang on until paid off. And that won't happen as ME doesn't want to pay and wouldn't know who to replace him with if he did. Further, leaving MM in charge of recruitment for the future is singularly bizarre. His transfer dealing record at ITFC isn't good, especially in terms of buying young players and them being coached into playing better and then being introduced to the first team. His loan signings are quite sad - with one or two exceptions, either their faces don't fit once signed or they become injured for the whole time they're at ITFC. I could go on and discuss the older players he has signed (those wanting to top up their pensions) but what's the point.

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    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • So his ambition is to build a team that is "capable of reaching the playoffs", not win the league. Well that's confidence for you.

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    Brobat blue

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • It's too early to tell what's gonna happen @ PR. Mick the " Supa Dupa Mouth", yeah the guy who signed Leon Best and similar pieces of SH one T hasn't quite decided if his he gonna go or is he gonna stay. A couple of good results could just convince the numpty's to renew season tickets so he may stay and bore the pants off the lemmings, who knows? It's all up in the air isn't it. Hey people? are you gonna renew or not? Renew at your peril, you'll get the same old BS from Mickey me BOY and the nodding dog Milne but if you like this SH one T go ahead. Me I'm backing them for relegation bang on. Have a wonderful summer in Numpty Land.

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    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Tipical McCarthy no respect for the fans why can't he tell us his plans for next season that's the only way season tickets are going to be sold because I fear we will have the same squad minus the loans and they will be replaced by more loans Bart will no doubt be sold to makeway for his mate Gerkin and nothing changes

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    Bacon & Egg

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • I would like to be a fly on the wall at that meeting between the Fugitive and Micksy Mouth. First on the agenda is likely to be who can we sell and make a couple of bob on. Second item likely to be whether there are any decent players left available that we can make a stupidly low bid for to enable us to show we tried without having to buy them. Third would most inevitably be whether any of Micksys old mates are available before they collect a pension. Meeting closed and all set for next seasons borefest.

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    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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