Mick McCarthy admits that he feared Ipswich Town would prove to be his final managerial job.
McCarthy became manager of Ipswich in November 2012, replacing Paul Jewell at the helm after a tough start to the 2012/13 campaign.
Six years and 279 matches later, McCarthy left Ipswich on a sour note, departing by mutual consent at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
McCarthy went on to manage the Republic of Ireland before enduring a brief spell in Cyprus with APOEL.
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The 62-year-old is now in charge of Cardiff City, though, picking up eight wins from his 14 games in charge and losing only once, as he looks to guide the Bluebirds to a top-six finish this season.
Speaking to talkSPORT, McCarthy has reflected on his exit from Ipswich and admitted that he feared he wouldn’t get another job after departing Portman Road.
He said: “With the budget we had, we always finished in the top half, we’d be in the play-offs and it just went sour towards the end.
“I think that did affect my chances of getting a job. I waited and waited, nothing came up.
“It was sad the way it ended there because I had such a great time – I loved it at Ipswich and I still wish them well.
“I get personal satisfaction in what we’re doing at Cardiff now and not as much as proving anybody wrong.”
McCarthy spent six years at the helm of the Tractor Boys, winning 105 of his 279 games in charge of the Suffolk club.
McCarthy was generally an adored figure at Ipswich, though one or two fans did voice their anger towards him at the end of his tenure.
They complained about his football a lot, but once he left, they spiralled out of the division under Paul Hurst and then Paul Lambert.
He is a reliable, steady pair of hands, and it may well be a case of “be careful what you wish for”, with McCarthy now chasing a play-off finish in the Championship with Cardiff.