Wednesday 20 March 2019

Mick: It's just talk

Ipswich’s Mick McCarthy
Ipswich’s Mick McCarthy

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has played down speculation linking him with the vacant managerial position at his hometown club Barnsley.

The Tykes are searching for a new manager after Paul Heckingbottom took over at Leeds on Tuesday, just days after signing a new deal.

Former Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy made more than 300 appearances for Barnsley during a successful six-year spell as a player.

But the 59-year-old, whose contract at Portman Road expires this summer, has not had any contact with his former club.

"I understand why I got linked with it, but I think there's a lot of ex-players that get linked there because they're former heroes of the club.

"Whether they've all had managerial experience as much as I've had, I don't know. I guess they look at me and Barnsley and think I was a good player there. It doesn't mean to say I'm going to be a good manager there. But I've had a pretty good record over the last 26 years so I understand why there's an interest."

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