IPSWICH Town boss Mick McCarthy will look to sign a new right-back when loanee Bradley Orr returns to parent club Blackburn Rovers following Saturday’s game at rock-bottom Bristol City.

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Orr has played 12 times for the Blues during his three-month loan deal and a verbal agreement had been in place for that switch to be extended until the end-of-the-season.

New Rovers boss Michael Appleton has decided to renege on that though, deciding that he would like to take a look at the 30-year-old once his initial loan move expires on Saturday.

“He has been excellent,” said McCarthy. “He’s been a really good addition and I’m very sad that he’s going back. He had a tough start in the Leicester game (6-0 away defeat) and, by his own admission, he didn’t play well.

“It’s not easy coming in and playing with new players, but he has been excellent – certainly the last month, last six weeks. Really, really good.”

He continued: “I think he’d be open to a return. I don’t actually think he wants to go back because he’s enjoying playing.

“I said to him circumstances have changed, there’s a different manager (at Blackburn) and if he goes back and is playing he’ll be happy because he’ll be able to see his twin boys and will be sleeping in his own bed.

“But isn’t it lovely that he wants to stay here because he’s playing and enjoying it?”

Asked if he’ll put teenager Elliott Hewitt – who impressed on his full debut at Aston Villa recently – into the side, the Blues boss said: “Elliott has got a really bright future, but he’s not played that much football. I’d like to have some more experienced cover, someone who has played more games.

“Putting Carlos (Edwards) or Luke (Chambers) there, you’re kind of filling in. I’m looking to replace Bradley when he goes back.”

With the Blues boss still looking to add to his squad before the January transfer window closes, he said: “I hope we can do something, but I can’t tell you anything at the moment. Even if I could, I wouldn’t, but on this occasion it’s because I’ve got nothing to tell you, rather than not wanting to!”

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for all the latest Blues news.

32 comments

  • brisie 58, I have watched & supported ITFC since a lad in short pants when they were in 3rd Div.South but have never seen as wide a division among supporters since ME took over. The club has never been so remote from the supporters as now with the invisible man also remaining mute. Even the Star reporters commented on his silence this week. All his verbal work is done for him by a CEO who has admitted he is on a steep learning curve. As Cyril has said on several occasions more has been taken out of the club than actually put in and this is not opinion it is fact. However to answer your question, I would still support the club if in Div.1 ( Div.2 by the old standards) but I would not attend so frequently if under the same management ?? duo.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • If every manager only played palyers with a bit more experience then the likes of Rooney etc would never have made it. How much of a gamble is it to play such a talented young player put him in on Sat and have Orr as back up if Hewitt doesnt make the grade but I am positive he will. Give the youngsters a chance great teams had youngsters playing within them we all remeber people like Burley playing against Best now that was a managerial challenge that paid off with Sir Bobby

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    finchk702

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Cyril,lets just beg to differ.i have already explained over the past weeks and that's the end of that.I respect your views,we are all entitled to opinions,so lets leave it there and remain friendly pen pals.

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • I agree with Cyril - how will Hewitt gain experience if not played - or confidence if none shown in him .Agreeing with Cyril !!!! Now off to lay down in a darkened room.

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Brisie, if I have called you personally pathetic I apologies, but I can see nowhere that I have done so. Now perhaps you will explain your support of ME you state you rest your case but have answered nothing.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Why do some people always assume the trouble lies with Marcus Evans.Its all guess work unless you work within the clubs structure.Mick is an experienced manager and therefore I'm sure he would have talked to the owner about these kind of problems should they arise before taking up the job.Too many assumptions ! !!

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    brisie58

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Cyril....He saved the club from administration and as Pompey can justify relegation and possible third tier football now most supporters are thankful for this and he is a town fan through and through. So much negativity on a chairman who is trying to ensure that the club can survive without selling it out to rich foreigners.

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    finchk702

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Cyril, I have asked on numerous occasions what hold ME has over the EADT but have never received an answer. As for criticism of ME, it invariably gets moderated out, which you most likely have discovered.

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    Brian Betts

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • OK brisie, I have been waiting for you to make such a comment, so please tell us all what Marcus Evans has done for the club. Please remember that the eadt proved he had taken more money out of the team than he has invested into it over the past two years, also I believe he has not repaid the debt but loaned the money to cover it at I would suggest a healthy interest rate. This is only my opinion now tell us yours.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Thanks Brian, I began to think I had it wrong with so few accepting where the problem is. The eadt for reason best know to themselves do not want to target the owner so it is up to the supporters, otherwise nothing changes.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Brisie, I have said to you before if you are happy that is fine, I and most other supporters are not. In my opinion our owner is milking the club and taking the supporters for a ride. Every time a supporter passes through the gates at PR he is investing in the club these supporters dont get interest on their money they are rewarded on many occassions by inferior displays. I believe MM has covered the debt as an investment but the difference is he is earning a nice little earner. An investment is usually made on something that you intend to improve and will make your money when your part with it. How do you see MM getting promotion without money for new players. However you did not answer the question, what has ME done for our team.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Bemused readers ask why a gravy train riding manager falls into line with the asset-stripping alleged owner. The answer is simple... they, like the owner are simply here for the money. It is even more depressing to see alleged Town fans utter drivel about the club not being safe from relegation.... that is the sme mentality that rewards a manager for dragging the club down to lower mid-table

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Brian,those were the days when I watched Crawford,Phillips,etc..never mind we can only reminisce .Now those were the good old days never to be seen again I'm afraid.

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Rob, don't understand what your comments mean? We are not safe from relegation yet are we? Surely if you are right about 'Gravy Train Mick' being so rubbish, then at any point our form could take a nosedive and in two games (that's the massive gap of six points that according to you make us safe) we could be back in the bottom three! And what is the comment 'same mentality that rewards a manager for dragging the club down to lower mid-table' who do you mean and how does it relate to not being safe?? Also the Gravy train comment all the while....doesn't that mean just doing enough to keep a job and get paid? Surely doesn't apply to a manager who gets a club into the premiere league and keeping them there. Where are your positive comments when we've been winning???

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    GorlestonBoy

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • # brisie58 MM is now the fourth manager since ME took over and certainly with the last three supporters have been given the same old 'sob stories' Now surely three managers cannot be doing the same things wrong so that leaves the common denominator as ME ( or perhaps CEO Clegg) However, I assume you will still attend PR if we end up in Div.1?

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Come on Brisie we all like a bit of banter, that is why we are on here. Please help us all understand your support of ME and tell us what he has done for the club, your failure to do so suggests he has done nothing. I accept that you are a true supporter but perhaps a blinkered one.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • How does Hewitt ge the experience if MM wont play him.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Brian.why would'nt I.If your a true supporter we stick together.would you still watch them in div 1.?

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Cyril.,I'm not blinkered one bit,I just live in the real world,and don't take things for granted.i rest my case.three points tomorrow I hope.!

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Brisie, I have said to you before if you are happy that is fine, I and most other supporters are not. In my opinion our owner is milking the club and taking the supporters for a ride. Every time a supporter passes through the gates at PR he is investing in the club these supporters dont get interest on their money they are rewarded on many occassions by inferior displays. I believe MM has covered the debt as an investment but the difference is he is earning a nice little earner. An investment is usually made on something that you intend to improve and will make your money when your part with it. How do you see MM getting promotion without money for new players. However you did not answer the question, what has ME done for our team.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • brisie58, my early days were watching Micky Burns(goal) 'Dinger' Bell, Jackie Little, Harry Baird, George Perrett, 'Ossie' Parry ( and Uncle Tom Cobley and all !!!!) Those were the days when supporters expectations were low and were not disappointed Also when players used cycles or public trolley buses to get to PR !!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • There seems to be a lot of comments on here that suggest that the owner is not as altruistic as it was first thought. Isnt it the way of business that true business people want something back for their money and that no one is a bottomless pit unless you are Abramovic or an oil Sheik. Do not think that ME just will plough money ad infinitum because we as fans should not expect he should. We should expect him to make the correct decisions to make the club successful in some way (not every team has 100% success) and that falls with the manager within the constraints set by the owner. In the last few years that has not been the case though and lets hope MM is the man to break the mould. In football the hope that everything will be alright from now on is sometimes what keeps us fans and season ticket holders. Lets admit how many posters on here are that commited in ITFC or are they just guys who like to see their inciteful comments on here instead of being proper FANS.

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    bristan

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • "Someone who has played more games". How does Hewitt get to be in that position if he doesn't get further than the bench? Play him for a few games, let the supporters tell you if he is any good, which he seems to be.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Spot on Mick,best to cover the position with experience until we are safe,then give the young lads a run out.Great once again.COYB

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    brisie58

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Enjoy the comments more than most of the "stories"!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • MM will make another loan signing, if he is not for loans as he stated who is, and I think we all know the answer to that M E. Why do these managers play to his tune.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Would be worth enquiring about Kevin Mcnaughton from Cardiff City. Not playing first team football at present and is someone with bags of experience. At least worth a phone call Mick.

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    bismark

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Cyril,one final point,is calling me 'pathetic' just banter. ?

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Cyril,I get the impression you think this is personal,well I can assure you it is not.We are all entitled to make comments on this post.We must remember football firstly is a business and it appears Marcus Evans is doing just that.Why should he splash out multi millions.He had his fingers burnt by RK and look where that got us.My opinion is that MM will just give enough until hopefully we can get promoted.If he were to buy big now and it all back fired what would happen then,we could be in worse trouble than we are now and nobody at the club or genuine supporters wants that.You cannot believe all you read in the EADT,even you have said that .Cyril this is only MY opinion.We must give MM the benefit of the doubt in these very hard times bearing in mind we are possibly in a triple dip recession. Compare our club to many others we are in a much better position.Cyril,perhaps if you read and article on the sky sports Webb site there is a very interesting piece on loaned players and the complications of bringing in players by MM.Remember this is a business and if MM chooses not to reinvest that is his choice so I cannot understand why we knock him.cyril I'm sure this will not give you the answer you so require me to give you and in that case I am sorry,but remember we are all entitled to our opinions on here.All I ask is for us all to get behind this great club and try not to find faults.At the end of this season we can then judge.

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Cyril,I have given my thoughts on the matter and I don't wish to be drawn into an argument.we will just have to differ on our opinions.

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Safe from relegation...techincally no but it is ludicrous to say a six point gap is not a chasm at the bottom of this division. The reality is that there are four terrible teams in this division and most supporters could have nominated Peterborough & Barnsley as relegation certainties before a ball was kicked. Town are a rubbish team infested with other teams rejects - BUT they are marginally better than half a dozen clubs and will inevitably finish in lower mid-table. To think otherwise is as daft as thinking a team in mid-table is somehow 'in touch with the play-offs' when they are in fact marooned in mid-table.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Experiance is gained by comming off the bench and getting game time. Easy. Fact is Hewitt may be a good young player but he is young and therefore naieve- Not what we need for a relegation scrap. Blooding young footballers is not as simple as throwing them in on a sink or swinm basis

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, January 25, 2013

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