McCarthy out of running for Barnsley job

Ipswich Town Manager,  Mick McCarthy looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at iPro Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Derby, England.

HITC Sport understands Ipswich boss and bookies' favourite not interested in Barnsley job.

Mick McCarthy, manager of Ipswich looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town at Selhurst Park on August 22, 2017 in London, England.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant manager's job at Barnsley, HITC Sport understands.

McCarthy is the bookies' favourite to return to his hometown club and replace Paul Heckingbottom at Oakwell.

However, HITC Sport understands McCarthy will reject any overtures from Barnsley and plans to stay at Ipswich.

The news will come as a blow to the Tykes as they continue their search for a new manager with Lincoln boss Danny Cowley set to stay at Sincil Bank, while Simon Grayson is poised to become the new Bradford City boss.

Mick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Ipswich Town at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

McCarthy, who made 272 appearances for Barnsley during his playing career, has been at Ipswich for five years and has done an impressive job on a shoestring budget at Portman Road.

The former Republic of Ireland and Wolves manager has continually steered Ipswich away from relegation trouble and made the play-offs in 2015 while also agonisingly missing out on the play-offs again in 2016.

The 58-year-old is out of contract at Ipswich at the end of the season and, as yet, there have been no indications of a new deal to keep him in Suffolk.

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