Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie backs Mick McCarthy to reject Aston Villa job offer

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The Ipswich boss has been linked with the Villa job.

Aston Villa are currently on a search for a new manager. The Premier League’s basement club can be relegated this weekend and look set to finish bottom of the top-flight table.

Villa have got through two managers already this season – with Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde both losing their jobs at Villa Park.

Ahead of what they will hope is going to be a promotion campaign the club are looking to bring in a new manager this summer capable of taking them back to the Premier League.

One name that has been linked with the role is Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy. The Tractor Boys manager has plenty of experience at this level and is many people’s favoured choice when it comes to the Villa job.

But one Ipswich legend does not believe that he will leave the Suffolk club this summer. Kevin Beattie, voted the club’s greatest ever player, told the East Anglia Daily Times this week:

“Mick and Terry have got a hard job ahead of them, but I hope they stay and that Marcus (Evans) gives them a few bob to spend.

“There’s talk of Aston Villa, but Mick is an honourable man and I don’t think he’d leave us.

“I remember when Newcastle wanted Sir Bobby (Robson) and he stuck with us. He had some tough times here too but look what happened.”

McCarthy would certainly be tempted by the Villa job – especially as it looks increasingly likely that he has taken Ipswich as far as he can in the Championship.

But Beattie believes that McCarthy will follow in the footsteps of club legend Robson and stick by the club.

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