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Sunday 16 December 2018

McCarthy coy on Ipswich exit talk

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Getty Images
Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Getty Images

John Fallon

Mick McCarthy, the longest-serving manager in the Championship, has cast doubt about remaining with Ipswich Town after his contract expires in the summer.

The former Ireland boss joined the Tractor Boys in November 2013 and extended his contract by another 12 months last season.

While it is believed there is the option of another two-year extension, McCarthy has in recent months hinted he could walk away amid supporter dissatisfaction.

Working off one of the lowest budgets in the division, the 58-year-old has not only managed to steer clear of relegation but also guided them to the play-offs, in 2015.

They currently sit in mid-table, 15 points off the drop zone.

McCarthy chose to bring the topic of his own future up yesterday when pressed on the likelihood of Ireland striker David McGoldrick being sold before next Wednesday's transfer deadline.

The former Ireland boss wasn't giving much away about his talks with club owner Marcus Evans.

"Didz might want to leave with me!" he said referring to McGoldrick ahead of today's meeting with former club and league leaders Wolves.

"We could leave hand in hand out of the golden gates here, couldn't we?"

"People will find out (about the future) at some stage," he said.

"Other than that, I'm not prepared to say anything else.

"If we beat Wolves, there'll be a great atmosphere, we'll all get applauded off, but if we lose, it'll be completely the opposite.

"I might be being told where to go anyway by a lot of them. That's just the way it is and I can't affect that in any other way than getting my team to be well organised play well and hopefully win."

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