Mick McCarthy is currently the longest serving manager in the Sky Bet Championship and his impact at Portman Road has gone somewhat unnoticed for a while.
If McCarthy is still in charge of the club at the end of the season, he will have been in charge of the club for 4 and a half seasons with the club achieving top 10 finishes in three of his full seasons.
The 57-year-old has had a shoestring budget while his better players, such as Aaron Cresswell and Tyrone Mings, have been sold on to top flight clubs.
As a result of the tight budget at the club following years of big spending under Paul Jewell and Roy Keane, the former Wolves and Sunderland boss has very much relied on free transfers, loan deals and gambles from the bargain basket.
That makes McCarthy’s achievements even more admirable when you consider the budget of his side compared to others.
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