Mick McCarthy to leave Ipswich Town in the summerby Jack Kitson / 29 March 2018, 11:18Tweet
Ipswich Town’s long-serving manager Mick McCarthy will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires.
McCarthy’s future at Portman Road had been in the spotlight for some time, but with another stagnant season drawing to a close the club have confirmed that the 59-year-old will now depart at the end of the season after nearly six years at the helm (see statement below).
McCarthy, formerly of Republic of Ireland, Wolves, Sunderland and Millwall, took charge of Ipswich back in November 2012 with the task of leading The Tractor Boys up to the Premier League.
However, the club have since finished in the top-6 only once, 2014/15, when they agonisingly lost out to rivals Norwich in the play-offs.
Last season Ipswich fell to a disappointing 16th place standing (just four points above the drop zone) - their lowest finish under McCarthy - while they are currently in 12th spot, 10 points adrift of the play-offs with eight games to go.
The likes of Steve McClaren, Tony Mowbray, Danny Cowley, and Shefki Kuqi have been linked with the club.
McCarthy told the club's website:
“I had a good discussion with Marcus and we feel this is the right thing to do for me and for Ipswich Town.
“I have loved my time here and I am proud of what I have achieved over the last six years - and the relationship I have enjoyed with the players and all the staff at the Club in that time.
“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.”
Meanwhile, owner Marcus Evans said:
“Mick and I had a discussion and we both agreed that this was the best way forward for him and for Ipswich Town.
“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.
“Mick has been a fantastic manager for this Football Club, ably supported by Terry who has also been invaluable in the development of the team.
“When Mick arrived, we looked to be on the way to relegation. He saved us from that and then took us to the Play-Offs within two years.
“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.
“He has also been instrumental in developing our youth policy and has overseen the progress of a number of our young players from the Academy into the first-team and nurtured their development in line with the Club’s strategy.
“He’s immensely popular with all the staff at Portman Road and has built a strong backroom team who will provide important continuity as we move into a new era.
“On a personal note, I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with him which is vital between owner and manager at any football club.
“Mick will see out his contract here and then we will look to make an announcement regarding his successor in due course.
“In the meantime, I want to put on record my sincere thanks to Mick for the job he has done here as our manager and urge supporters to get behind him and the players so that we can finish the season as strongly as possible.”
"I went and spoke to Marcus and after having that chat we both decided that it's probably best if we go our separate ways."— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) March 29, 2018
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