Ipswich Town head coach Mick McCarthy has insisted to ITV Sport that he has done a good job while with the club.

McCarthy became the manager of Ipswich back in 2012 and instantly became a hero by saving them from relegation to Sky Bet League One when it seemed certain that they’d drop down to that division just a few months prior. Since then McCarthy pushed Ipswich up the Sky Bet Championship, reaching the play-offs on year and just missing out the year after.

However despite hopes of reaching the play-offs again this year, that hasn’t materialised and they have been instead stuck in mid-table mediocrity all season and are currently in 16th place. This has led to some fans calling for McCarthy to be sacked, even though he is one of the longest-serving managers in the EFL. But now the Irishman has fired back by saying he has done a great job with Ipswich and that he should be around for a lot longer.

He said: “For four years, I’ve done a really good job here and this year it’s been tough.”

“We haven’t spent Aston Villa money, we haven’t spent Norwich money, we haven’t spent vast sums of money and we’ve been competitive every season – up until this one.”

“It doesn’t make me feel lucky (the backing from owner Marcus Evans). I’ve got a really good relationship with Marcus, it just confirms to me that I’ve been good at my job but I’m having it tough this year.”

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