Mick McCarthy: an apology
Along with many other publications, supporters’ websites and fanzines, we may have given the impression recently that Mick McCarthy was not doing a good job managing Ipswich Town Football Club.
We now admit that recent results show Mr McCarthy, 58, is in fact a football genius who masterminded an away victory at Aston Villa at the weekend, and a good draw at title-chasing Brighton last night.
The High Court heard today how these excellent displays, coming so soon after an exciting four-goal thriller against an in-form Reading side, confirm the Suffolk Gazette was a little hasty in claiming Mr McCarthy was a dinosaur who might reasonably be sacked.
For example, our story alleging he had told owner Marcus Evans that his dog had eaten his tactics book was sheer fantasy and had no foundation whatsoever.
Similarly, our assertion that Mr McCarthy’s exploits in the recent transfer window coincided with landing a personal endorsement deal with Bargain Bins Skip Hire was also unfair and misleading.
We regret other stories, such as our claim that the former Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves boss was going to buy the entire Lincoln City team after the non-league outfit dumped Ipswich out of the FA Cup, which was entirely without fact.
As was our report that “gutless” Ipswich could now concentrate on relegation after that awkward third-round cup defeat.
Instead, we now acknowledge Mr McCarthy is doing an excellent job at Portman Road, given the somewhat meagre sums being made available to him by Mr Evans, and we look forward to a continued surge up the league table.
By way of compensation for the personal grief and injustice caused, we have agreed to pay a substantial undisclosed sum to a charity of Mr McCarthy’s choice – the Suffolk Gazette Beer Fund, which does a terrific job looking after soon-to-be-sacked editors.