RICHARD Stearman says he jumped at the chance to be reunited with ‘father figure’ Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town.

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The 25-year-old defender was brought to Wolves by McCarthy in 2008 and made more than 100 appearances under his management.

And now the pair are working together again after Stearman completed a loan move to Portman Road until the end of the season.

“He was obviously a massive draw for me coming to Ipswich,” said Stearman.

“It was a sad day when he left Wolves (sacked last February).

“I think if you asked most of the players he brought in they would say the same.

“He’d obviously brought a lot of those players in at a young age and become a father figure to many of us as he created his own team.”

He continued: “You certainly know where you stand with the gaffer. If you’re playing well you know about it, if you’re not then you certainly know about it! I like that in a manager.

“His record speaks for itself. His man-management is very good, his coaching is very good – he’s got the complete package really. He’s been around the Championship a long time, he’s been in the Premiership, he’s been an international manager. He brings great experience to whatever club he’s at.

“He’s a fighter, a winner and he knows how to win games in this division.

“I think you’ve seen since he’s arrived here that he’s been able to pick up a lot of points and hopefully that can continue.

“Terry (Connor, Town assistant manager) had spent a good many years at Wolves too and helped me become the player I am. He’s very influential on the inside of things and it’s good to link up with him again too.”

Brought in as a replacement for Bradley Orr following his return to parent club Blackburn Rovers, it’s likely that Stearman will start at right-back when Middlesbrough visit Portman Road tomorrow.

“Centre-back is probably my first position, but I’ve played out on the right a lot throughout my career and it’s nothing alien to me,” said Stearman.

“I’m just looking forward to getting a few games under my belt, to be honest.

“I’ve always been hopeful that I’d get to play a bit more at Wolves over the last couple of months, but it hasn’t really happened.

“As soon as the window opened, Mick expressed an interest which was rebuffed by Wolves. I thought that was it.

“But when I finished training on Monday I was told I was needed at Portman Road, so here I am.”

With Dean Saunders looking to mould his own squad at Molineux, Stearman’s future at his boyhood club is uncertain.

With his deal running until the summer of 2014, he said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind six months for me really.

“Wolves are at the wrong end of the table (just one point above 21st-placed Town), I think they’ve suffered a bit of a hangover from the Premier League relegation and a new manager (Stale Solbakken) has come and gone.

“Fingers crossed they can turn it around and climb the table a bit, as of course I hope Ipswich do as well.

“I don’t know what my future holds long-term. I’ve got a year left on my contract at Wolves.

“First and foremost I’m concentrating on doing well for Ipswich over the next three months and we’ll see where we go from there.”

6 comments

  • Even the most deluded of Town 'supporters' has heard this rubbish from transient mercenaries around 16 times already this season alone. I take it you didn't ask about McCarthy's disastrous signing of Roger Johnson to replace Stearman?

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • On the positive side this signing keeps Edwards out of defence. On the negative it keeps Edwards in mid-field

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    peter sadler

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Hot air as always from yet another loaned player. My god town can now field a team of all loaned players, this mccarthy must be the worst manager town have had in modern times.

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    ged scott

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • If everything goes pear shaped, can I suggest that MM asks Stearman to write his CV for him. Reads rather well doesn't it?

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    floridaboy1

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • good jan.transfer window,dads army tag gone,height added to defence, 3 new strikers,plus exciting new young midfielder.COYB.

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    david peters

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Nothing to say. Just seeing if this comment is posted on the site as so far today there are no comments on any of the ITFC articles (not even from Ged Scott or Rob Steroo although for that we should be pleased?. Seems that Archant are keen to get the EDP site working correctly.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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