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‘It was childish and very petulant’ – The verdict on controversial Ipswich Town incident

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On Saturday, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy dismissed suggestions that he gave into fan pressure to bring on Bersant Celina, who ultimately went on to score the winner against Burton.

“I don’t give a s**** about that, by the way. He didn’t go on because of that, let me just clear that up,” McCarthy said, via the East Anglian Daily Times.

“In fact, there’s more chance of him not going on when they start telling me what to do. And yes, I am a belligerent f***. Let’s just clear that up.”

Speaking about Celina, who now has three goals in eight appearances for Ipswich, McCarthy revealed why he didn’t start that game.

“He has every chance of going on when the game gets stretched,” he said. “I don’t think it was the game for him when we’re having to head balls out and fight and scrap, but with 10 minutes to play it is, strangely enough.

The writers here at FLW issue their verdicts on McCarthy’s comments…..

Chris Gallagher

No, it was childish and very petulant.

I understand McCarthy’s frustration but to punish a player and say he is less likely to come on if the fans call for him is incredible and could be damaging the team just to prove a point.

The Irish manager is a great character and a real honest manager, but this is plain wrong. He has to prioritise winning points and Celina can clearly help that, whether the fans want him on or not.

George Dagless

He’s got to tread carefully.

McCarthy has always spoke his mind and that will not change and, often, he is praised for it.

I also think he was right to say what he did about Celina as he sees him every day on the training ground and knows best if he is ready for more minutes or not.

Some Ipswich fans have never really warmed to him, though, and so he’ll have to watch stirring them up too much.

Alfie Burns

My first thoughts questioned what McCarthy was doing, but with a bit of hindsight I think he is right to voice his thoughts, in the same way the club’s supporters are.

Personally, I think the criticism of McCarthy is unfair. He is a good Championship manager that is about as honest as the come.

Ipswich’s supporters might not be crazy about the way they play football, but McCarthy does deliver results.


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