Saturday 26 May 2018

Mick McCarthy hits back at Ipswich boo boys and vows to never to forget their jeers

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Mick McCarthy has answered back to his critics at Ipswich Town with a defence of his reign at the club.

Two wins in two games, the most recent of those Saturday’s 4-2 dismissal of Nottingham Forest, have pushed McCarthy’s side up to seventh in the Championship table.

That’s a change from the situation in October when a section of the fans had turned on McCarthy, one of the longest-serving managers in the Championship.

The side had lost three in a row, including a home defeat to hated rivals Norwich, and were on their way to a fourth loss as they were 1-0 down away to struggling Burton Albion, only for the team to turn that around and win 2-1.

And McCarthy referred to that when he spoke after the win over Forest.

“Always remember, ‘Mick McCarthy, your football is s***e’, ‘Mick McCarthy, get out of our club’, ‘Mick McCarthy, you’re a boring b*****d’,” he said. “Always remember, because I do.”

Daryl Murphy, who played under McCarthy at Sunderland and Ipswich, caused his side some problems with Forest but McCarthy was still pleased to come out with the win.

 “There is no such thing as a bad win, but that one was particularly pleasing with scoring four goals and defending as well as we did in the second half.”

Meanwhile, former Ireland man Leon Best had a losing start to his new career, with Charlton Athletic.

Best (31) had been without a club since his contract with Ipswich ran out last season, and his most recent appearance had been for Ipswich back in January, after which he appeared to fall out with McCarthy.

But League One side Charlton signed the striker last week on a short-term contact and he made his debut for the Addicks yesterday, though the side lost 3-1 in their FA Cup clash with Wimbledon.

Charlton boss Karl Robinson believes that the former Newcastle United man can aid their push for promotion from League One.

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