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28 April 2017

Boss looks for winning end to season before the challenge of getting Portman Road bouncing again

Mick McCarthy says he faces some difficult decisions over his squad in the summer as he targets a return to the form that saw Town challenge for the Play-Offs.

Blues take on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in the final home game of the campaign, then complete the season at Nottingham Forest next weekend before the hard work of building for next year begins to gather pace. 

Writing in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme, the Town boss says:  “I have got some difficult decisions to make with the squad but it’s no different to any other year. 

“We have players out of contract. Some of those we have options on. We have players here on loan. Some we might want to try and keep.

“We will have some thoughts obviously but nothing will really be pushed on until the end of the season. We have some players under contract that it might be best for them and for us if they moved on as well. 

“There is always change in the summer but change is a good thing. It’s an opportunity to freshen things up and then go again next season. 

“The difference next season is that in previous years we have had a lot of optimism around the place, having finished ninth, sixth and seventh. This season has been disappointing. I’m always the first to say that. So we’ve got to make up some ground and get the place bouncing again like it was not too long ago - and like it was here on Easter Monday against Newcastle. 

“When you are winning games, the pies taste better; the beer tastes better; the tickets sell quicker; everyone’s happier. It’s a big responsibility on us, the team, to perform. We’ve got to do that a lot better next year.”

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