Mick McCarthy, the longest serving manager in the second tier Championship, will leave Ipswich Town at the end of the present campaign following talks with owner Marcus Evans. The 59-year-old who made his name as a manager in guiding the Republic of Ireland to the last 16 of the 20021 World Cup said he will leave the club proud at his overall record during his six-year tenure.
“I had a good discussion with Marcus and we feel this is the right thing to do for me and for Ipswich Town,” McCarthy told the club’s TV station. “I have loved my time here and I am proud of what I have achieved over the last six years and the relationship I have enjoyed with the players and all the staff at the club in that time.”
Evans praised McCarthy who was captain of the Ireland side that under Jack Charlton reached the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals said it was time for a new face to take on the challenge of returning Ipswich to the Premier League. The ‘Tractor Boys’ were last a member of the elite in the 2001/02 campaign. “It never got to the point where we actually talked about a new contract,” the reclusive Evans told the TV station. “It just felt right that it was time for us both to look at different options.
“When Mick arrived, we looked to be on the way to relegation. He saved us from that and then took us to the play-offs within two years. “In his six years here he has made us a very competitive club in what is a very competitive league.” Ipswich, who were crowned English champions once in 1962, are presently 12th in the table 10 points off the play-offs with eight matches remaining.