Mick McCarthy has been confirmed to depart Ipswich Town after his contract with the Championship outfit comes to an end after this season. The 59-year-old has spent the last 6 seasons with the Tractor Boys and has guided the side to mid-table status.
Ipswich Town Football Club can today confirm that manager Mick McCarthy will leave the Club at the end of his contract.
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) March 29, 2018
The club owner Marcus Evans had a meeting with McCarthy on Wednesday and arrived at this decision.
Evans revealed, “It never got to the point where we actually talked about a new contract. It just felt right that it was time for us both to look at different options.”
“In his six years here he has made us a very competitive club in what is a very competitive league. No one looks forward to playing Ipswich. Mick will see out his contract here and then we will look to make an announcement regarding his successor in due course.”
1. Absolutely the right move. We have to move on from Mick as a club.
2. Lets give Mick a great send off. I’ve wanted him gone for two seasons but also respect the terrific job he did for the first 3 seasons.
— Buffalo Tractor (@BuffaloTractor) March 29, 2018
McCarthy’s assistant manager, Terry Connor will also depart after the club’s last game against Middlesbrough on 6th May.
Obviously, this marks the new direction the club is taking towards the future. While they might not be a relegation-threatened side any longer, debilitating in the middle of the table is not the best way to go about things.
Ipswich has been saved from that waste that Roy Keane somehow caused them in his two-year tenure with the club.
The former Republic of Ireland manager said, “I had a good discussion with Marcus and we feel this is the right thing to do for me and for Ipswich Town. I won’t be leaving with any regrets. I have given everything for Ipswich Town and I will see out my contract in the same way.”
Between now and the end of the season let’s show some class as fans and people by showing some respect to a guy,who I believe, saved us from relegation. I’m not a fan of the majority of his reign at the club but let’s see him off in the right way #ITFC
— BRYN (@BrynTricker) March 29, 2018
Despite what some think he has done a good job for us, stabilised a sinking ship, got to the playoffs and made us competitive with barely a budget to talk of…shame but it is the right time for change as atmosphere is flat now. Good luck MM & TC
— Andrew Pilborough (@AndyPilborough) March 29, 2018
Devistation for Ipswich fans all around the globe.
Mick brought so much to our club. A true talisman. He brought the players together in a way I’ve never seen before at Ipswich.
Mick undoubtably already has a new club lined up. We all wish you well!#McCarthyIn
— HCKB (@HarryCKB) March 29, 2018