Boss on Play-Off push, Barnsley links and preparing for next season
Mick McCarthy says he has started planning for next season at Town and has already spoken about players that maybe available.
The Blues boss is out of contract at Portman Road in the summer and has been linked with a return to his hometown club Barnsley but says he’s happy at Town and just focused on getting the three points against Burton and staying in the hunt for the Play-Offs.
“I’ve had the players taking the mick and saying ‘you still here?’” Mick told iFollow Ipswich.
“I wasn’t sure what they were on about until I was told I’m apparently the bookies’ favourite for the Barnsley job.
“I can understand why there is interest and why people might want me to go back there. It’s the same when you hear the names of former players being linked here but I’ve not heard a thing and I’m not looking for anything.
“I’m happy here. I love the job and I’ll carry on doing it professionally as long as I’m the manager here.
“I’m planning for next season because that’s my job. I’ve talked to Marcus [Evans, owner] and I’ve been on the phone about players that maybe available.
“Is my mindset that I’ll be here next season? I have to be asked first. That is the basis for any negotiations. I’ve had a chat with Marcus and we are happy enough with the way things are going at the moment - but we both want to be in the top six and that is still achievable.
“My focus is only on games and that means getting three points against Burton on Saturday.”
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