McCarthy Hails Team Spirit
Thursday, 7th Mar 2013 06:00
Manager Mick McCarthy has hailed the spirit within his squad which has helped them to pick up 35 points in his 23 games in charge, the seventh best record in the division since he took over on November 1st.
McCarthy said: “They all seem to get on well together. They’re a good group, they’re a good bunch of mates and ultimately they’re doing it for themselves and for each other.
“And I would have thought if you take somebody off, somebody who goes on wants to do equally as well, if not better, to show me that they should be in the team. That’s what it’s all about.
“Let me tell you, the spirit starts on the pitch,” he added. “It doesn’t come from anywhere else. You can have the best set of fans wherever you are, the biggest club.
“But if the group of players in the team are struggling, it doesn’t emanate from outside in, let me tell you. It starts here [at the training ground] and on the pitch.
“If you start getting results, they get confident, people start to believe in them. They get confident in the players and that’s what’s happened because we’ve had some decent results. And if it’s spreading outwardly from the team, then I’m delighted.”
To help to foster that squad harmony, McCarthy took the players paintballing last week, which he says went well: “It was brilliant, I really enjoyed it, it was good fun. We’ve got a good team spirit but it does help it, it was a good craic and an enjoyable day out.”
The Blues boss says it’s good to get everyone involved in something like that with not all players into football’s more traditional spare time pursuits: “Not everybody plays golf. I go golfing because I like playing golf but not everybody likes playing golf.
“Not everyone likes being shot at, I suppose, but they could just walk back in if they wanted to. But they all got into it and had a bit of banter.
“On the last one they had old versus young, which we have here in training games. I think the young ‘uns got fairly well pelted!”
Asked whether anyone showed a particular aptitude for a military career, McCarthy said the day got the players thinking about how life might be for those under fire for real: “I don’t think so, but on a serious note, they all came off saying that they wouldn’t fancy doing that for real, being out there with people shooting at you.
“We were shooting paintballs that hurt. We were all wrapped up, we had as much as we possibly could on, but, wow, the thought of that is just bonkers if they’re firing for real. I just can’t imagine that at all.
“None of us will be volunteering. For me, they get my respect even more when I’ve been playing at it with the smoke going everywhere and bangs going off, people are shooting at you. I can’t even envisage what it’s like, so I doff my cap to them all. We were just having a day out and a bit of fun.”
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