Ipswich Town are trying to replace Mick McCarthy at the end of the season with ex England and Derby County boss Steve McClaren, according to Alan Nixon.

Ipswich Town hope to talk Steve McClaren into becoming their new manager, after making the former Derby County boss their number one choice to replace Mick McCarthy.

Ipswich Town are looking to replace Mick  McCarthy at the end of his contract this summer, and are looking for ‘an experienced successor’ and ‘steady pair of hands’.

McClaren – who has been out of work since leaving his role as coaching consultant at Maccabi Tel Aviv last December – is said to be keen on a return to football, and the chance to manage at Championship level would appeal.

The 56-year-old former England manager last worked at that level a year ago, when he was sacked by Derby months into his second spell in charge at Pride Park.

He previously led the Rams to the 2014 play-off final, and won trophies at Middlesbrough and FC Twente, but endured difficult spells at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United.

McCarthy is out of contract this summer and speculation is rife that the Portman Road outfit will make a change in a bid to combat a rising tide of fan apathy and anger.

The former promotion winner has failed to inspire Ipswich to a serious promotion push regularly enough, and this year, the club are drifting towards a mid-table finish.

A decision on McCarthy’s future is expected to be revealed before the final game of the season, at home to Middlesbrough, one of McClaren’s former clubs.

McCarthy, meanwhile, has been linked with moves to several clubs, including West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday, having grown increasingly unpopular among the Ipswich fanbase.

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