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18 May 2016

Boss and owner eye next season's squad as plans start to take shape

Mick McCarthy says he has spoken to Club owner Marcus Evans and they have identified targets for the new season.

The Town boss is away from Portman Road on a summer break before Blues return to pre-season training with a week-long stay in Ireland at the start of July.

Plans are already in place for additions to the squad for the new campaign, with Mick telling the Club website: “I have spoken to Marcus. We have sat down and had a conversation.

“We know the areas that we need to strengthen. It just depends on whether we can get the players we want into the Club.”

Mick added that he would like his team to play ‘better’ football but its winning football that counts and points to the Premier League champions as the perfect example.

The boss is the first to admit that performances dropped off at home over the closing stages of the campaign and said: “We’d all like to play better, free-flowing football. 

“We did try and be more considered with the ball but there were times last season when we made 400 passes and lost and times when we made 180 and won. 

“Leicester had fewer passes, less possession, made more tackles and had the best defenders and they are champions of England. No one is moaning there.

“It’s about what you do with the ball that counts. What we did with it last year was stick it in the net with a 27 goal striker [Daryl Murphy]. This year we didn’t do that. 

“There was a lot of talk about style of football and changing it but no one said that last year when he reached the Play-Offs and were successful. 

“Yes, we could have done better this season and there is no doubt that we missed our more creative players. That definitely had an impact but Marcus said to me the other day, don’t change what you are doing because it’s got us competing at the right end of the table for the last two or three years.”  


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