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MICK facing uphill task to drag tractor boys from mire

Good to see Mick McCarthy back in management -- but what a challenge he faces.

Ipswich are bottom of the Championship and without a win since August. It's arguably his toughest job since Ireland's ill-fated 2002 World Cup campaign.

But McCarthy does have the experience of leading Sunderland and Wolves out of the Championship and into the Premier League -- a place Ipswich fans can only dream of as they wake up this morning.

Irish Independent