Sunday 22 October 2017

McCarthy anger at fans treatment of Irishman Douglas

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy says that his "p***ed off players" are annoyed by their fans' treatment of former Ireland international Jonathan Douglas.

The Monaghan man (35) has become a target for unhappy supporters and was roundly booed during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham.

Fan frustration is high around Ipswich at the moment, with persistent calls for McCarthy's head during a campaign where the Tractor Boys have toiled in the lower half of the Championship table. Ipswich sit 17th with seven games to go and host Wigan tonight.

The ex-Ireland boss said that his players are troubled by their own performances but are also unimpressed by the singling out of their team-mate.

"I think they're a bit p***ed off with it (results), not down," said McCarthy. "Maybe at themselves more than anybody else because we know we can do better and we should be doing better. And the only way you get crowds to support you is by playing well and winning games.

"You keep asking me questions all the time about the crowd and about what they want, it's purely and simply down to us.

"They sell pies and pints and shirts and everything else on the back of good performances. They get people in the ground by having a good team and good results.

Shambles

"Otherwise the crowd get p***ed off and sing sh**ty songs at the owner, the manager and probably the best player on Saturday, strangely enough.

"And I don't give a s***e what anybody thinks about that, he was good on Saturday, Dougie, and it was a shambles that they shouted that at him.

"It irks them (other players), definitely. You try going out with your mates or your family and see one of your family or friends get pilloried.

"I'd like to think it would upset you. They have a siege mentality and they don't like anybody being singled out, it's horrible."

McCarthy says that Douglas has a thick enough skin to cope with the barracking and joked that the dressing-room rallied around in the aftermath.

"They all kissed him afterwards and he felt a lot better," he said. "He kept wanting the ball and kept having it and he played well.

"It didn't affect him, he took it in his stride. He's such low-maintenance. Whenever he plays he just gives his lot and he's a great character and I don't think he's that sensitive."

"All them that were screaming at me and shouting 'Why should he be on the pitch…?', well I think you know what they can do."

Irish Independent

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