THE persuasive powers of Marcus Evans convinced Mick McCarthy to put his own Premier League ambitions on hold – for now – and take over the Championship’s then-bottom club.

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Evans’ record in the managerial market is arguably the biggest concern among Town fans assessing the owner’s five years in charge.

In his half-decade at Portman Road, a milestone he officially reaches on Monday, Evans has fired Jim Magilton and then brought in Roy Keane and Paul Jewell, but it has made little difference to the Blues’ Premier League aspirations.

No one can doubt he has ploughed in millions at various stages for the three managers, but the investment has not been backed up by success on the pitch.

Now it’s McCarthy’s turn to try and achieve success under the reclusive owner and the initial signs are positive that the former Wolves boss could again be managing in the big time in the years to come.

Of Evans, McCarthy said: “He’s made a very big impression on me actually. Listen, I had designs on taking a Premier League club – I didn’t have any designs on taking a club that were bottom of the Championship.

“When I spoke to Paul (Jewell) and other people I was suitably impressed enough to go and speak to him (Evans). He then convinced me that it was the right thing to go and do.

“I knew about the club and its history, but he impressed me.”

Evans’ continued backing of Ipswich Town will be tested in January, and again in the summer, when McCarthy will look to flex his muscles in the transfer market.

But while the Blues boss has warned fans not to expect a glut of new faces in the New Year, this doesn’t appear to be a result of any penny-pinching from the owner.

When asked about what assurances he has had from Evans, McCarthy revealed: “That wasn’t discussed at the time (of me taking over).

“There’s no chance I would have come if I didn’t think we could be competitive though. It’s going to be tough with the Financial Fair Play – that will make it difficult for everybody.

“But if we can get this place filled with 20,000 people that will help us be more competitive. Marcus has backed his other managers and convinced me that this will continue to be the case.”

9 comments

  • bring in at least two top class players in jan. then we might get your 20,000 plus crowds once again. supporters need something to belief in so give us that .....................................

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Cyril - if you bother to read what I've written you would notice that I am actually congratulating MM on using more of our own players (ie Smith & Hyam) rather than suggesting there are a plethera of them not getting a game. However having said this I would advocate bringing Hewitt into the team as soon as possible - while I believe Carson should be given an opportunity again - plus Mings would seem to be a very good prospect !! We cannot of course in our present situation fill the team with youngsters - but if these loanees return to their parent clubs we may indeed not have too much choice.

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • To be realistic Premier league clubs were unlikely to be beating down the doors of MMTC after the debacle at Wolves. I think taking over a team stranded at the bottom of the Championship was a no brainer - a win win situation ???? That being said I feel it was an appointment that suited Town as well - an experienced manager with something to prove - & a disciplinarian taking over a team in disarray. My only worry is that Jewell had lost control to such an extent & was presiding over such a shambles that any new manager was likely to see an improvement. However the fact that he is using more of our own players & has already recruited from the lower leagues does bode well for the future ??

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    Old Timer

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Old timer, you keep banging on about our young players, but I see to remember asking you to name the young players that you would replace the loanees with and you were unable to do it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • premier league dreams on hold? well he has certainly done that then.

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    clever canary

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • No other offers more likely.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Old timer, you keep banging on about our young players, but I see to remember asking you to name the young players that you would replace the loanees with and you were unable to do it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Good ol' Mick! I'm glad he's joined.

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    Paul The Alien

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I dont recall reading that any premiership clubs were courting MM, I think his decision might have had something to do with the fact he was out of work.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, December 17, 2012

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