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McCarthy set for Ipswich job

FORMER Wolves and Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy is expected to be named as the new manager of Ipswich this week.

McCarthy who was sacked as Wolves boss in February, is understood to have agreed a three-year contract.

Former Ipswich midfielder Matt Holland, who played under McCarthy for the Republic, has been linked to a role as his assistant at Portman Road.

Ex-Wolves manager Terry Connor is expected to become first-team coach.

The 53-year-old is likely to take charge before Ipswich's Championship match at Birmingham on Saturday.

Town chief executive Simon Clegg confirmed the club's ongoing selection process has whittled down the number of applicants to a select few, with over 40 managers having put their name into the hat.

The news comes as former Wolves boss McCarthy emerged as the firm frontrunner to succeed Paul Jewell overnight.

"We received a number of applications for the manager's position from many well respected names in football," Clegg said.

"Having sifted through the applicants, we have now drawn up our shortlist and interviews are underway."