In an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers says he and his teammates have been letting down manager Mick McCarthy. The long-serving boss has come under big criticism from many fans for him to resign in the wake of some disappointing performances and results of late.

The obvious low point was the defeat to non-league high flyers Lincoln City in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, with a television audience of several million witnessing an abject performance from the Sky Bet Championship club.

Huddersfield were then comfortable 2-0 victors versus the Tractor Boys at the weekend, and Chambers feels now is the right time to speak out and let everyone know exactly what the mood is like within the camp,

“We are letting him down at the moment in terms of the performances we are giving in a 90-minute spell, so we need to be doing more for him.

“It is difficult when things aren’t going well but we’ve got another game coming round in a week’s time, we’ve got to work ourselves on the training pitch and start believing in each other’s ability.

“He’s not the only manager in the division where things are tough at the moment, other teams are going through tough, tough runs and we are involved in probably the bottom 10 at the minute who are not playing well, not having the rub of the green or not playing well and are lacking that bit of quality.”

Ipswich face Preston, Derby, Reading, Aston Villa, Brighton, Leeds and Norwich in a fairly daunting run of fixtures coming up. Whilst Chambers accepts that sometimes the team may lack quality, but is adamant that they need to at least prove to the fans they care by producing effort worthy displays.

“It is a lot in the mind at the moment and when things are tough that is when you see people’s true character and we need to show a bit more at the moment.”