Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ipswich confirm they have had no approach from FAI over Mick McCarthy

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy. Picture credit: Tom Shaw/Getty Images
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy. Picture credit: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Ipswich Town have confirmed that they have not been approached by the FAI about the prospect of Mick McCarthy taking over from Giovanni Trapattoni.

The bookmakers continue to link McCarthy with the Ireland hotseat but the Portman Road club have yet to be approached.

"We've had no approach - the owner, us at the club, nor Mick," Town managing director Ian Milne told the BBC.

"It's very much a 'what if' situation and we can't deal with what ifs. We'll worry about that if it happens."

McCarthy is now a year with the Tractor Boys and in that time he has staved off relegation and they are currently seven points off the playoff places.

He described continuing questions from journalists today about the Ireland situation as "bonkers".

"The first part of the job was successful - keeping the club in the Championship," said McCarthy who is preparing Ipswich for their Championship encounter with Barnsley tomorrow night.

"I'm delighted with the players I got in this season. We've done alright but we could be better off. I don't think we've nicked a point yet."

Milne added: "He's brought stability to the squad, the training ground and the club as a whole.

"He's a disciplinarian. I am told if things don't go well for the team or certain players, he tells them so, but then that's finished.

"He's brought a whole new style of management and a new culture and confidence."

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