Mick McCarthy looks to have one foot out the door. who's in line to replace him?
Mick McCarthy has played on questions from the press about the Republic Of Ireland job, which he is the favourite for. He told the press ‘’I’m not ruling myself out‘’ and ‘’it might be that I just want to be asked so I can say yes. It might be that I’d just like to be asked to say no’’.
He has been asked countless times whether he would have interest in becoming the Republic Of Ireland manager for a second time in his career and hasn’t given a firm answer. This speaks volumes for me and for someone who I consider a straight talking manager is quite disrespectful to supporters, and he looks to be saving some face in case he isn’t offered the job.
If he is interested in the job, the best thing he can do for me is openly admit it and tell the fans. After representing Republic Of Ireland 57 times in his playing career and being the last manager to take them to a world cup, it is understandable he feels hurt by their inability to qualify again for a major tournament.
He is a good manager and has done a good job at Ipswich and I’m sure if he was honest about his feelings one way or another, it would go a long way with the supporters.
Ipswich fans have already started to speculate on replacements for the charismatic manager and seemingly one of the most popular choices is Nigel Clough.
Nigel Clough was thought to be closing in on the Sheffield United job when David Weir was sacked in early October. He has halted his decision on the job due to settlement case involving his former employees Derby County. However, the patience of the United board doesn’t seem limitless and have reportedly asked for a decision one way or another.
Nigel is a very family orientated man and a move to Sheffield seems ideal given his location. However, there is little doubt that the pull of Ipswich Town could force him to ‘break the mould’ and move to Suffolk on a permanent basis.
He did a highly respectable job at Derby and obtained two top half finishes in the past two seasons. It may not sound that impressive but Ipswich fans themselves know that a top half finish is not to be sniffed at. Since 2008/2009 season Ipswich have failed to log another top half finish which is a huge disappointment to their chairman and owners who’ve invested a lot of money and time in the club which has failed to deliver. Nigel has proved himself a shrewd manager on a shoe-string budget and with a bit more to play with at Ipswich could make the next step in his managerial career. An ideologist that loves the beautiful game to be played in the way it was intended to, I think he would be a good pick for Ipswich.
Ipswich Town and England Legend Terry Butcher has also been touted as a possible replacement. The Inverness manager who was part of the side that won the UEFA Cup at Ipswich under Bobby Robson would definitely be a popular move for the club. A renowned passionate leader, he has done a wonderful job in Scotland and was last season on the 4 man shortlist for ‘PFA Scotland Manager of the Year’ for leading Inverness to an unexpected top 6 finish. He has reportedly already knocked back one Championship club's offer to make him manager in the form of Barnsley after feeling like he could make history at Inverness, it might not be a straight forward negotiation. I find it unlikely that the man who lifted the UEFA cup in the blue of Ipswich could turn down the chance of leading them into the Premier League, another viable choice that would be popular with fans.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has also been touted, due to his poor form up north it isn’t inconceivable that he might be days away from the chop. Tony Mowbray has already had a caretaker role at Ipswich and that was in fact it was his first stint in management. He was a very highly thought of manager until his most recent stint at Middlesbrough which has left question marks over his head. Nonetheless he shouldn’t be forgotten because his time at Hibs and WBA was fruitful and he is still highly regarded at their clubs.
What is your take on the recent movements at Ipswich? Does Mick still have your support and who do you think should replace him if the worst was to happen.
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