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Word on the Street: How has Mick McCarthy performed as Ipswich Town manager?

PUBLISHED: 13:10 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 01 November 2017

Town manager Mick McCarthy has been at the club for five years. PICTURE: STEVE WALLER

Town manager Mick McCarthy has been at the club for five years. PICTURE: STEVE WALLER

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Today marks five years since Mick McCarthy took over as Ipswich Town’s manager - so we asked people in Ipswich what they thought of Mick’s time at the club.

His anniversary comes the day after he saw his team fall 3-1 at Cardiff City, with a positive first half showing rendered useless by poor defending for all three goals.

• Read: McCarthy rues soft goals conceded in 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City.

However, Ipswich are still eleventh in the Championship table, with a game in hand.

The straight-talking Yorkshireman has endured a difficult relationship with Town fans in recent times, with Saturday’s 2-1 comeback win at Burton marred by chants about his style of football.

He responded with an expletive-ridden and dismissive post-match press conference, which did little to douse the flames.

• Read Mick McCarthy’s opinion-splitting post-Burton press conference in full.

Then, in the press conference before the Cardiff loss on Monday, he warned fans to be ‘careful what they wish for’ – although he did apologise for his bad language.

“It appears that I’ve offended one or two,” said the Blues boss.

“Strange that isn’t it? How sensitive people can be when I have to stand there and listen to it for nearly 90 minutes.

“Apparently I’ve upset someone by swearing. If that’s the case then yes they’re right – I shouldn’t have used bad language. I apologise for that.

“I don’t have to apologise for my comments though – there’s a big difference.

“I shouldn’t have dropped the swear words in there and I thoroughly apologise to the sensitive people I’ve upset, but in terms of what I said there’s not a chance I regret that. I meant every single word of it.”

Read the full story here: ‘All that shouting at me isn’t going to drive me out’ – Mick McCarthy’s message to critics

Read what a Veteran Blues fan thinks of Mick’s five years at the team.

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Mick McCarthy and Callum Connolly have both lavished praise on Blues midfielder Cole Skuse, with the Ipswich Town boss insisting the consistent performer is ‘as good as anybody’.

Danny Rowe still has a future at Ipswich Town, but is free to leave the club on loan in a bid to force his way into Mick McCarthy’s team.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has told lead striker Joe Garner not to worry about his mini goal drought and implored him never to lose his fiery edge.

Emyr Huws and Teddy Bishop could both play a part for Ipswich Town against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night, manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed.

Ipswich Town host Sheffield Wednesday in a televised Championship clash (Sky Sports) tomorrow night.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has called for the club’s supporters to get behind his players ahead of tomorrow night’s televised Championship match at Ipswich Town.

Episode One: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren discuss Ipswich Town’s draw at Hull City, hear from Mick McCarthy and Jordan Spence and make the first pitches for football’s Room 101.

Jordan Spence has been telling his Ipswich Town team-mates just how much of a threat he is in front of goal - and the defender is delighted to be proving his point on the field.

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