McCarthy happy to give Evans his opinion on a potential replacement

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 March 2018

Mick McCarthy has said he will offer Marcus Evans his opinion on who will replace him as Ipswich manager. Picture: NEIL PERRY

Mick McCarthy has said he will offer Marcus Evans his opinion on who will replace him as Ipswich manager. Picture: NEIL PERRY

Mick McCarthy would happily give Marcus Evans his opinion on who should replace him at Portman Road - if the Blues owner asks.

McCarthy instigated Wednesday night's discussion about his future with owner Marcus Evans. Photo: Steve WallerMcCarthy instigated Wednesday night's discussion about his future with owner Marcus Evans. Photo: Steve Waller

It was announced on Thursday that McCarthy will end his Portman Road stay in the summer, after arriving in 2012 following a recommendation from predecessor Paul Jewell.

Danny Cowley, Tony Mowbray and Steve McClaren are the among the early favourites for the vacancy, while McCarthy has praised young Luton boss Nathan Jones on a number of occasions, and the outgoing Ipswich manager happy to offer his thoughts.

“I would give him my opinion on managers, of course I would. Why wouldn’t I?” McCarthy said.

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“We’ve had a great relationship all the time and that remains the same. If he thinks my opinion carries some weight then I will give it to him, yeah.

“Only if he asks. And that wouldn’t be advice, it would be my opinion as to what I thought of somebody as a manager or a coach – if I know them, of course.”

Prior to news of his summer departure, McCarthy had insisted he was planning for next season, even though his future had not been decided. But it’s a different story now.

“Oh not now. No, no, no. That’s not my remit anymore is it,” McCarthy said.

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“I have been putting together who I thought should be around, who should stay and who should go.

“I won’t be doing that onerous task, no, no.

“Pre-season is pretty much down to somebody else, I’m not going to go arranging something somebody else may not want. Although I do believe the trip to Ireland has been booked.”

Whoever is chosen to replace McCarthy will benefit from an owner who gives his boss time and autonomy to work, with the outgoing manager grateful for Evans’ support.

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“I think it was a bit of a heavy heart from both of us when we were talking about it. He’s given me time and I’ve been doing a good job. I think he recognises that and appreciates it. That’s why I’ve been given time.

“I think he’s been very good to the managers who have been here. We’ve talked about this – at some other clubs how many managers they’ve had while I’ve been here. It’s not made them any better.”

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