MICK McCarthy has warned Ipswich Town supporters not to expect a flurry of signings in the January transfer window.

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Six of the Blues current squad (Stephen Henderson, Danny Higginbotham, Bilel Mohsni, Bradley Orr, Nigel Reo-Coker and DJ Campbell) are set to exit the club at various stages in the opening month of the New Year.

McCarthy hopes to either extend those loans/contracts or permanently sign the vast majority of the aforementioned, following his impressive return of 16 points from a possible 24.

However, any business beyond that looks set to be limited – with next summer being the first real opportunity the Blues boss will have to seriously start building his own squad.

“There’s no chance of a complete overhaul next month,” said McCarthy. “There’s not suddenly going to be seven or eight signings arriving in January.

“It’s difficult to do business in this window. The players who sign permanently in January tend to go for a considerable amount more than they would in the close-season. Everybody knows that clubs get desperate for players in the New Year and the cost goes up accordingly.

He added: “Utopians think that on January 1st everything will be sorted out. The reality is that clubs tend to wait and see if they get anybody else in before they decide whether to sell or extend loans.

“As usual, we’ll all be scrabbling around right through January – right to the very end, no doubt.”

He continued: “Ultimately, players want to come to teams doing well. They want to get promoted, but I wonder how many teams they look at in the Championship and think ‘they are definitely going up’?

“Once you take the likes of Cardiff and Palace out of the equation, it’s then a case of ‘who do you want to play for’? There are a number of areas that come into consideration. The crowd, the type of football, the manager – we’ve got lots of components that players would fancy I think.”

With loan striker Tyrone Barnett having returned to parent club Peterborough following a knee injury sustained in reserve team action, Southend loanee Bilel Mohsni is set to return to the bench for tomorrow’s trip to Leeds. The versatile Frenchman has been left out of late by virtue of the fact that clubs can only name six domestic loanees in the squad.

“I don’t really see him as a centre-forward – I see him more as a centre-half,” said McCarthy. “Last knockings in a game, he’s a useful asset to have as someone to throw balls in the box towards – he’s certainly got a goal in him. He scored a great headed goal from a corner at Tottenham (5-1 reserve team win) the other week.”

Nigel Reo-Coker is available again after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury, but fellow midfielder Luke Hyam – having recovered from a calf problem – is a big doubt due to illness. Bradley Orr (stiff neck), Elliott Hewitt (tight hamstring) and DJ Campbell (tight hamstring) are all expected to overcome minor problems.

5 comments

  • Now then...where have we heard that before?

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    FRANK WESTON

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • I had hoped MM was man enough not to accept the lack of investment by ME but it appears he is no better than PJ and will agree to anything to keep his job. I do hope I am wrong.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • What's changed? The purse strings are apparently still tightly fastened with out of contract players allowed to walk away. We have to accept MM is experienced enough to see us through to next Summer but nothing has changed at the top and with a CEO nodding to an owner who has to seek advice from a previous sacked manager defies logic !!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Yes Brian - I was also concerned that apparently PJ recommended MM to Evans. However it did all sound rather like Jewell trying to belatedly justify his ill fated tenure at ITFC. Fortunately though McCarthy remains a friend of his who still regards him as a good manager he does seem to have distanced himself from much of Jewells legacy. Giving our own players more of a chance & the signing of Mings - a young hungry player keen to improve himself - rather than another loanee - indicates some sort of return to the true traditions of the club.

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    Old Timer

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Oh how you EADT hacks like to tease your readers. First you put up a headline that will give all Town hope - the promise if no en-masse dud signings. Then you follow it with an article that promises the exact opposite... with the dreadful prospect of six pointless mercenaries having their loans extended. Far, far better if the entire batch was simply released, forcing MIck the Man to start building a team.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, December 14, 2012

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