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Smith: McCarthy Has Lifted Spirits
Friday, 30th Nov 2012 06:05

Mick McCarthy’s arrival at Portman Road has lifted the players’ spirits, leading to a huge improvement in results.

Ipswich have climbed off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone after taking 10 points from their six games under the new boss.

Under predecessor Paul Jewell it was a vastly different story, with a mere seven points banked from the first 13 Championship fixtures of the campaign.

Young defender Tommy Smith is still only 22 but McCarthy is his fourth different manager since he made the breakthrough into the first team during Jim Magilton’s time at the helm.

Smith, 22, said: “When a new manager comes in it is always a breath of fresh air for any club. We’ve just been working on the gaffer’s ideas in training and hopefully they are starting to bear fruit.

“He’s 100 per cent level-headed. Straight after the win over Forest he said we shouldn’t be patting each other on the back and stroking each other’s egos.

“It’s just about applying ourselves the same way we did on Tuesday, putting the effort in and with the quality we have in the side we should be able to pick up the results we need.

“The gaffer’s come in and it’s like a clean slate really. You get another chance to impress and I’ve just been working really hard in training. He’s been talking to me one-on-one and with him being a centre-half in his playing days it’s been helping me massively.

“I can definitely benefit from that. He’s been there and done it so I can only learn from that. It’s been really good. There’s a very positive atmosphere around the place and the training methods have been really good so far.

“It’s just about the team implementing his ideas now and it looks as if we have started to do that.”

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footyblue added 06:59 - Nov 30
McCarthy is a football manager that puts round pegs in round holes that was never done under Jewell
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BotesdaleBlue added 07:14 - Nov 30
It's early days but the positive signs are clearly there for all to see. Mick is proving to be everything I hoped he would be, in things he says and more importantly, through his team selections.

I'm not getting carried away, as we are still in deep trouble, but I feel so much more positive than I did a little over a month ago. COYB
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nobbyclark added 07:27 - Nov 30
Smith needs to take time out of playing for NZ imo.

Plasy for the team that pays your wages.

Once Town are in a better position then play for NZ.

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bluefeast added 07:27 - Nov 30
The game is simple ,so keep management simple. We have the man to do that.
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reaper added 08:48 - Nov 30
@nobbyclark We should be proud we have such a young player that has already captained his national team. At his age he needs all the match time he can get, it will only aid his development and makes him a much better long term prospect.
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reaper added 08:49 - Nov 30
^...Also 'When town town are in a better position' people will be saying we need him in the team to push for playoffs/promotion, there will never be a 'good' time for him!
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WhoisJimmyJuan added 11:14 - Nov 30
footyblue:

I agree with you. But I also think the key point Smith has made is about the training methods. I suspect the training is more obvious and better communicated to the players than under Jewell.
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Phlooky added 18:21 - Nov 30
I agree footyblue I've been wondering how much better Jaime Peters might have done under MM?
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Marcus added 06:30 - Dec 1
In defence of Jewell he did say that putting a smile on the faces of the players was important. The question is why did that stop?
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