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2 November 2012

Mick back into the managerial hotseat and preparing to lead Town into battle for the first time tomorrow

Mick McCarthy admitted to the Club website that it ‘felt good’ to be back out on the training pitch, after taking his first session as Town’s new manager yesterday.

The former Wolves boss took over at Portman Road this week, bringing Terry Connor in as his assistant, and is now looking forward to taking charge of Blues for the first time at Birmingham tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

“I enjoyed being back out on the training field, using my voice to get things across and getting to know the players as well,” Mick told the Club website.

“The lads will tell you though that my boots looked brand new, seeing as I haven’t used them in eight months so I think it’s about time I got them dirty on the training field!

“But I loved being back out there and we had a good session, with plenty of the lads giving me something to think about before I select my first team.

“Ipswich is a good Club, with a good feel about it and I’m pleased to be here. It’s up to me now to get the team organised, firstly for Birmingham tomorrow, and then getting us organised and solid long term.”

Team News

Lee Clark is hoping to welcome back Peter Lovenkrands back into his Birmingham squad, after returning to full training following a groin injury. Defender Pablo Ibanez has also returned to training after suffering a broken foot, but is unlikely to feature against Town tomorrow.

New boss Mick McCarthy could make changes as he prepares to select his first Town side. Only striker Paul Taylor, who is still out with a foot injury, is unavailable. Summer signing Elliott Hewitt played 75 minutes for the U21s in the week following his hip injury but is unlikely to be included in the travelling party.

Where they finished last season

Birmingham- 4th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Birmingham- 17th
Town- 24th

One to watch

Leroy Lita. The burly striker is on loan at St Andrew’s from Premier League outfit Swansea and has already struck up an impressive understanding with strike partner Marlon King. The former Bristol City, Reading and Middlesbrough striker has netted three times this season, including a stunning long range strike to sink Leeds last time out.

Match Officials

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Danny Gratton and Neil Radford
Fourth Official:  Guy Stretton

For exclusive Town team news and live updates from St Andrew’s, follow the Blues on Twitter @Official_ITFC. Remember that Ipswich Player will also be providing live commentary of the game.




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