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

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 - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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.


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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.

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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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