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
© Copyright Stephen 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.
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.”