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12 May 2017

Mick McCarthy says Luke Chambers has the qualities to go into management one day.

The Town skipper, who has just signed a new two year deal at Portman Road, has expressed his desire to take on the role after his playing days are over and is studying for his coaching badges. 

“You see players who you think might go on and be a coach or a manager but it throws up surprises as well,” explained Mick talking to Ipswich Player HD in an extended and in-depth interview. 

“There are some I have worked with who never showed any interest in patterns of play, or work at free-kicks and corners. All they wanted to do is play football but they have gone on to become diligent coaches. 

“Some that have really surprised me and it can work the other way around as well but when I look at Chambo, he’s one you think will make a coach or a manager. He’s a very good people person. 

“It’s only when you sit in that manager’s chair and have to deal with all the stuff that comes with the job that you really find out though.

“I always think about that with caretaker managers. Everyone wants the ‘first’ manager out, the caretaker comes in and everyone loves him. Then he gets the job and has to start making 'real' decisions and that’s when everything can change.” 

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Mick now, with the Town boss talking candidly about the challenge he faces next season; players getting the message or having to go; his 1000 game target; why he took the Ireland job too young; how he copes with the pressures of management; his shock and sadness over losing a friend in the game who took his own life; the importance of new faces to his squad in the summer and much more.  

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