QPR and Leeds have been in fine form of late and have started to move up the Championship table as a result.
The second tier has a very open feel to it this season in particular, and Ipswich boss McCarthy believes that both the R’s and the Whites have a chance of making it into the top six, along with his own side.
“Jimmy has made a big impact in his managerial career so far and seems to have revitalised QPR,” McCarthy said.
“They have got a good squad of players and will feel they can reach the Play-Offs. I look at Leeds, who have won three on the bounce, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading - who have got Brian McDermott back in charge. They will all feel they can make the top six as well. So do we.
“It’s a more competitive division than ever this season but we are right in there challenging for the top six and relishing that challenge as well.”
QPR are unbeaten in their last five matches and have shown signs of encouragement under new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Leeds, meanwhile, have won three of their last four matches and have been in good form ever since Evans took charge.
The Yorkshire outfit have taken 18 points from their last 11 matches, and have climbed up to 13th place in the Championship table.
McCarthy’s Ipswich side are currently placed above both Leeds and QPR in the Championship table, however. The Tractor Boys are occupying sixth spot as things stand but there is plenty of football still to be played,.