Apparently I’m lousy now – McCarthy

18 Oct

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich have conceded two goals but not scored in their past five matches

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he is not concerned about losing his job after five games without a win.

Town, who have failed to score in those five matches and host Burton on Tuesday, are 17th in the Championship.

“If people start wanting me out of the door there’s nothing I can do about it except for work on the training ground and try to change that,” said McCarthy.

“I prefer it when the fans are happy and want to come to the ground. The only way we’ll do that is by scoring.”

The 57-year-old was appointed Ipswich boss in November 2012 and they have finished 14th, ninth, sixth and seventh in his four seasons at the club.

“I don’t think I’ve suddenly become a bad manager,” he told BBC Radio Suffolk. “They might think it’s not the bloke they want here any more, but not a thing I can do about that.

“Go back four years. If the club were in this position four years ago, who’s phone did they ring? Apparently I’ve got lousy now, I’m not good and I can’t do my job.”

Since beating Barnsley 4-2 on the opening day of the season, Ipswich have found the net only four times in 11 league games and have not scored since 13 September.

They also lost Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy to Newcastle in August.

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Daryl Murphy was Ipswich’s top goalscorer in the previous two seasons

“I think I was asked last week ‘did Blackburn suffer because Jordan Rhodes or somebody else has left?’ Well, yes,” said former Republic of Ireland and Wolves manager McCarthy.

“It’s similar to us. Yes, Murphy has gone, I’ve had David McGoldrick, Brett Pitman, Luke Varney out, and Leon Best has come from right-field who’s not done a full season.

“It’s the same with Jonny Williams and Teddy Bishop – they’re injured. I never ever use that as an excuse, but as they gradually come back then I think the goals will come.”


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