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Mick McCarthy hits out at Ipswich fans who ‘hounded’ him out of job

Mick McCarthy has recently spoken out on his former side Ipswich Town, their relegation and has also hit out at Ipswich fans.

The current Republic of Ireland boss was the manager at the Tractor Boys between 2012 and 2018 and led them to 15th, 14th, 9th, 6th, 7th and 16th place finishes, however resigned four games before the end of the season with the club at 12th in the Championship.

Paul Hurst was then handed the job, but went on to be sacked after a defeat to Leeds seeing the club bottom just 14 games into the season.

Back in October, McCarthy told Football First on talkSPORT 2: “It’s sad for Paul Hurst”. “They did make a lot of changes – a lot of players left and maybe a couple of the signings haven’t worked out instantly.

“I think they were unlucky in a couple of games and it can change around so quickly and all of a sudden you’re on the slide. I’m not one to be talking too much about it to be honest.”

McCarthy announced his departure after beating Barnsley 1-0. He replied back to a question about fans’ negative reaction to a debutant, Barry Cotter, getting subbed: “I won’t have to listen to that again, that’s my last game. I’m out of here.”

“I had my spell there, I loved it, enjoyed it and some of them made their feelings known and it’s not worked out for them since I’ve left, has it?

“I’ll make it clear, it wasn’t everybody. It was a fair section of them and I had a real happy time there because there are a lot of good people and I feel for them.

“But I have to say, the ones that were hounding me for 18 months to two years, I’ve got no sympathy for them at all. They’ve got what they deserved.”

He spoke again, reflecting on his time at Portman Road. He said to Balls.ie in the last week: “I was doing a good job there.”

“My job is to win games and stay in that league was my remit, and that’s what I continued to do.

“I’m sad that they’ve gone down. Some of the lads are taking huge cuts in wages who were with me and who were brilliant for me.

“The staff, I’ve no doubt people will be losing their jobs because of it so that’s going to be sad. It’s a great club and pretty much most of their fans were brilliant with me.

“The ones that hounded me out, I hope they enjoy watching the sexy football in the first division (League One).”


Following his statements, fans took to social media to give their reaction, some angry and others amused – find out those tweets and comments on the next page.


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