Mick McCarthy’s first five signings for Ipswich Town: Where are they now?

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on December 2, 2017 in Ipswich, England.

Mick McCarthy was Ipswich Town’s manager between 2012 and 2018.

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Reading at Portman Road on December 16, 2017 in Ipswich, England.


Ipswich Town appointed Mick McCarthy in November 2012, succeeding Paul Jewell, and he stayed in his post at Portman Road until May earlier this year when he stepped down with his contract running out.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager enjoyed a solid spell as Ipswich boss, achieving a playoff spot in the 2014/15 campaign while comfortably preserving their Championship status in every other season.

But several Ipswich fans grew tired of the playing style and little progression, and now they are heading in a new direction under Paul Hurst following his arrival from Shrewsbury Town in the summer.

Here we take a look back at McCarthy’s reign focusing on his first five signings for the club, and where they are now:

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Nigel Reo-Coker:

Nigel Reo-Coker became McCarthy’s first signing for Ipswich as he arrived in January 2013. He made 12 appearances for the club, before departing a year later after turning down a new deal.

The now 34-year-old is a free agent, having had spells in the MLS with Vancouver Whitecaps, Chivas USA and Montreal Impact before having a short stint at MK Dons last term.

Kelly Youga:

Kelly Youga was McCarthy’s second permanent signing in the January transfer market of 2013, arriving from Yeovil Town on a short-term deal.

Like Reo-Coker, the defender didn’t last long at Portman Road as he also departed a year later in January 2014. The 33-year-old now plays for French minnows Jura Sud but not before having a spell in China.

Tom Cairney of Fulham skips past Cole Skuse of Ipswich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Ipswich Town at Craven Cottage on January 2, 2018 in London, England.

Cole Skuse:

Skuse became McCarthy’s first summer signing ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, and he arguably goes down as one of his best additions at Ipswich with the player making over 150 league appearances.

The former Bristol City man remains a central figure with the Tractor Boys, missing just one of his side’s 12 Championship games this term.

Daryl Murphy of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on December 09, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Daryl Murphy:

Arguably McCarthy’s best signing for Ipswich, Daryl Muprhy also arrived in the summer of 2013 on a permanent deal though he did spend two seasons at the club on loan prior to that.

Still, McCarthy signed off on signing him permanently and he went on to score 50 goals over the next three seasons at Portman Road, including 27 league goals in the 2014/15 campaign.

The 35-year-old former Celtic man was then sold on to Newcastle United in 2016, and now he finds himself at Nottingham Forest after signing a three-year deal with the Reds.

Martin Olsson of Norwich City battles with Paul Anderson of Ipswich Town during the Sky Bet Championship Playoff semi-final first leg match between Ipswich Town and Norwich Cityat Portman...

Paul Anderson:

Anderson became McCarthy’s fifth permanent signing as Ipswich boss, arriving from Bristol City in the summer of 2013 as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas headed in the opposite direction.

The winger made 67 Championship appearances over two seasons at Portman Road, before leaving to join Bradford City in League One. Now, the 30-year-old finds himself in League Two with Mansfield Town.

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