Mick McCarthy responds to Aston Villa rumours

The 57-year-old sees it as a "compliment" to be linked with Aston Villa.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has said via The Express and Star that it is a "compliment" to find himself linked with the Aston Villa job.

The Villans are on the search for a new manager following the sacking of Frenchman Remi Garde last week, and The Mail reported that the 57-year-old, along with David Moyes and Nigel Pearson, is among the names being considered by the club's hierarchy for the role.

With Ipswich chasing a playoff spot in the Championship, some managers could be forgiven for believing that speculation over their future represented an unwanted distraction, but McCarthy, who joined the Tractor Boys in 2012, cannot help but feel that such rumours are complimentary for him.

Last week, Villa chose to part company with manager Remi Garde, meaning the club will look to appoint a new boss this summer and look to rebuild the club.

Ultimately, Villa's demise is a sad one, as a former European Cup winner will be dropping into the second tier after a major period of decline, with Randy Lerner's ownership drawing criticism from fans.

Many have been suggesting that Villa will be one of the biggest clubs to ever drop out of the Premier League given their history and tradition, but pundit Ian Wright isn't quite so convinced about that statement. 

Having been on Match of the Day suggesting that bigger clubs than Villa have been relegated and never come back, Wright took to Twitter to suggest that both Leeds and Nottingham Forest are bigger than Villa.

Neither of those two sides have been back to the Premier League since their last relegations from the top flight, even dropping into League One at some stage, as did Manchester City before their recovery.

The former Arsenal striker then joked that Midlands rivals Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are bigger clubs than Villa, with supporters unsurprisingly taking offence to Wright's controversial comments.

The Express and Star.

"I can’t help but feel it is a compliment when clubs of that ilk think that I am doing a good job as a manager bearing in mind that I have got two similar clubs promoted."

 

McCarthy's availability certainly hinges on whether or not Ipswich reach the Premier League. As it stands, they are not even in the playoff positions as Town sit two places and five points behind sixth-placed Derby County.

 

Should they fail, Villa are almost certain to join them in the Championship next season, with 15 points separating from safety in the Premier League.

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