HE might have failed to secure Premier League football during his first five years at Ipswich Town.

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But the events of the last 48 hours should make every Town fan relieved that their club is not headed by an owner who thinks nothing of wielding the axe.

The shock dismissals of Sean O’Driscoll at eighth-placed Nottingham Forest, just hours after beating Leeds 4-2, and then the sacking of Henning Berg at Blackburn Rovers after just 57 days in charge has highlighted the cut-throat nature in some quarters of the Championship.

Then there is Marcus Evans. He might shy away from being the public face at Portman Road, but the owner has ploughed in millions over the last five, fruitless years.

More importantly, he has displayed a rare commodity in modern football – patience.

He kept faith in both Roy Keane and Paul Jewell longer than most supporters and, with Jewell in particular, the decision to part company by way of mutual consent was a particularly painful one.

It is something that has impressed Mick McCarthy and convinced him last month to take over at what was then the Championship’s worst club when the former Wolves boss was clearly eyeing a Premier League position.

Speaking when he took the job, McCarthy said: “Marcus Evans has backed every manager he has worked with. If he sees it is being run in the right way, he will give me an opportunity to progress.”

With Alex McLeish and Keane linked with the Forest job and Mark Hughes among the frontrunners at former club Blackburn, the quality of managers in the Championship is set to get even stronger.

But in McCarthy, Ipswich have been fortunate to get the right experienced man at the right time.

Supporters should be careful what they wish.

Tomorrow, at shortly before 3pm, McCarthy will stride out of the Molineux tunnel and return to Wolves for the first time since February.

His side might have been slipping towards Premier League relegation, but McCarthy was one of the club’s most successful managers of all time – one source yesterday told the Star it was the most exciting time at Molineux for three decades.

With current boss Stale Solbakken another manager under-pressure, how many Wolves’ fans would wish they still had McCarthy and assistant manager Terry Connor in the home dugout?

Their loss looks likely to be Town’s gain.

18 comments

  • Dave Gooderham seems to have changed 'his tune' with his praise of ME and he seems to have forgotten those reports aimed at PJ's poor performance. It is all very well to have patience (which can wear thin) but we might have been in a much safer league position had ME parted company with PJ earlier.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • O’Driscoll being sacked is unforgivable- fighting relegation last season, now near play-offs. Madness. Henning Berg going is probably right, though. He was the wrong man right from the start- and Steve Kean, even if he was disliked and uninspiring, was near the top spot when he was sacked, so there was a track record for mistakes. Kevin Gallagher said yesterday '"I think the Blackburn board have looked at it, put their hands up and said that they got it wrong, and that is why they have acted so quickly." - I wish Clegg and ME had done this with Jewell. Cyril Baker might keep banging on about lack of finance but, when you look at the figures, Jewell was hugely subsidised in loanee wages and transfer fees added together. Fact.

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    I am Spartacus

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Peters, I see no reason to change my response.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Rubbish. Patience is only a good thing if you’re patient with the right people. Nobody except complete idiots think Keane or Jewell were worth keeping, therefore every week they were in charge was a week wasted. If Evans & Clegg wanted Mick, he was available last May, never mind November! We could have avoided the trademark Jewell multi-goal defeats, the pathetic capitulations week after week, the incompetence in the transfer market that led to the panic loaning of eight players in the space of a month. Buy – hey – how lucky we are that we have an owner and a CEO so dumb that they leave clowns in charge to wreak havoc on the club.

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    Pete James

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • hi cyril,still cant accept it was the manager at fault,just look at mick the mans results, simples!

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    david peters

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • We are always being told about the millions ME hasis pouring into the club, what about the millions he has taken out in interest on his loan to the club? And we don't really want to read about what has happened to other managers, ITFC is our club and with luck MM will keep us up this year despite the clubs below us having suddenly taken to winning.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • hi cyril,no where in my offering do i suggest you said pj was a good manager.

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    david peters

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Steady now - next thing we know is they'll want us chipping in for a farewell present for Jewell. Yes McCarthy has had an Ok start but there again so has Holloway @ Palace who was also available. Wouldn’t argue with the main content though and the sacking of O'Driscoll is appalling. Henning Berg, well dumb appointment anyway. Let’s face facts, their board and fans got rid of a manager when they we’re top of the Championship – like you said, be careful what you wish for. Perhaps the same could be said for the board @ Ipswich then with Jim Magilton – had Jack to spend but the team played good football and were in the top ten. Wasn’t his fault the club let McCauley’s and Norris’s contracts run out was it?? Keep your own back yard tidy before commenting on other peoples.

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    floridaboy1

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • There is obviously a middle ground somewhere in-between marcus evans and roman abramovich , how one club can sack a man 5 months after lifting the european champions league while another holds on to a guy who clearly has not got a clue is an intrinsic part of the football merry go round and always has been

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • hi cyril,still cant accept it was the manager at fault,just look at mick the mans results, simples!

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    david peters

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Dave Gooderham seems to have changed 'his tune' with his praise of ME and he seems to have forgotten those reports aimed at PJ's poor performance. It is all very well to have patience (which can wear thin) but we might have been in a much safer league position had ME parted company with PJ earlier.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Peters, if you want to refer to what I have said, fine, but get it right, I have never said PJ was a good manager, he probably was not but nobody can deny the owner took more out of the team than he invested during PJ reign, and just remember the curren team is PJs team, he broght them in. As for Spartacus, please explain how money spent on wages to replace players allowed to walk out is equal to investment.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Steady now - next thing we know is they'll want us chipping in for a farewell present for Jewell. Yes McCarthy has had an Ok start but there again so has Holloway @ Palace who was also available. Wouldn’t argue with the main content though and the sacking of O'Driscoll is appalling. Henning Berg, well dumb appointment anyway. Let’s face facts, their board and fans got rid of a manager when they we’re top of the Championship – like you said, be careful what you wish for. Perhaps the same could be said for the board @ Ipswich then with Jim Magilton – had Jack to spend but the team played good football and were in the top ten. Wasn’t his fault the club let McCauley’s and Norris’s contracts run out was it?? Keep your own back yard tidy before commenting on other peoples.

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    floridaboy1

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • At least John Burls can see the 'wood for the trees' in monies being taken out of the ITFC pot in interest payments even if Dave Gooderham cannot or is too scared of the 'invisible man' to say so. Nobody seems to know quite what happened to the transfer fees for Wickham, Walters & Rhodes (plus any add ons) negotiated by CEO Clegg.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Yes, he kept faith in PJ, but he knew he had not invested in supporting PJ, there is a difference, Blackburn Rovers invested 7 million in one player who RK was fool enough to get rid of.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Managers these days are all in a precarious position. As with George Burley, you get promotion, have a fantastic first season, get relegated the second and are then sacked. So it goes on with the Manager merry-go-round. What makes a Chairman think Roy Keane can run his club when he's been sacked by Ipswich. What makes ME think MM can make Town into a team, when Wolves might look for a replacement for the replacement? Do you sit on the guy whose taking you nowhere or do you bring in a replacement who may or may not do any better. With PJ he obviously had the talent at PR, but as with a jigsaw it's all about putting the pieces in the correct place and also knowing that when you finish it half the pieces aren't going to get taken away. MM still has a huge task to take ITFC anywhere. So much is up in the air and the previous two managers didn't exactly leave the garden looking rosy.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • hi cyril,perhaps you should read my offering again.

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    david peters

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Yes how lucky Town supporters are to have such a visionary and visible 'owner' as Evans. Just imagine before the invisible took over and applied his vast business skills Town were 6th from top, had debt valued at circa £6million and had a number of promising players in the team and more the horizon. Now after 5 years of this brilliant, visionary leadership, Offshore Investment FC are 6th from bottom, all the promising players have been sold and the majority of the current team are other teams' cast offs, funded by other teams. The mnager is yet another uninspring gravy train rider - the THIRD in five years. Oh and the debt has increased tenfold.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, December 28, 2012

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