Mick McCarthy will reach the milestone of 25 years as a manager when he takes his place in the dug-out at Cardiff on Saturday and says it’s the money that’s now in the game that provides the biggest difference and challenges over that time.
The Town boss took on the player manager role at Millwall in March 1992 and was there four years before becoming the Republic of Ireland boss. Time in the hot seat at Sunderland and Wolves followed before taking the reins at Portman Road at the start of November 2012.
“A lot has changed in that time but Sky TV coming in has made the biggest impact. They have changed it completely, with the money that has followed. Agents have as well,” Mick told Ipswich Player HD
“We’ve all had to adapt. If you don’t evolve over 25 years you get left behind.
“The money can soften players. Some have so much money that it seems like the game is not the be-all and end-all for them.
“The top players who are earning fortunes but are playing in the Champions League every year because they keep on performing, I’m cool with that. It’s the ones that somehow are on vast sums but don’t seem to earn it. They don’t play games and don’t have any real longevity in the game.
“That’s the frustrating part for me and it’s very frustrating. That’s why recruitment it so important. I’ve had some really good ones and some really bad ones along the way but over 25 years you would expect that.”
Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Mick now on the people who have helped in on that 25 year run as a boss, why he learnt so much from playing under a World Cup winner and what he expects from Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.