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McCarthy Delighted to Land Orr
Saturday, 17th Nov 2012 06:04

Manager Mick McCarthy says he’s delighted to have added right-back Bradley Orr to his squad, having targeted him during his time as manager at Wolves. The 30-year-old, who has signed on loan from Blackburn until January 26th, is set to make his Blues debut at Leicester today.

McCarthy said: “I tried to sign him when I was at Wolves and for whatever reason it didn’t happen. I’m delighted to get him in. He’s got really good experience.

“You saw I moved Carlos Edwards from right-back, I don’t think that’s his position, as well as he’s played there. I think we needed a specialist right-back, somebody who has played a lot of games in that position.”

McCarthy says a desire to get round pegs in round holes and fill out his squad were behind the signings of Orr on loan and free agent left-back Kelly Youga on a short-term deal: “We’ve got a right winger playing at right-back, as well as he’d done.

“And we’d got one left-back, although Tommy Smith can play there, but he’s a left-sided centre-back.

“Square pegs in round holes. I prefer round ones in round holes. That’s not a criticism of anybody. I’ve addressed it by getting a right-back in.”

The Blues boss felt his decision to switch Edwards to right midfield was vindicated by his role in DJ Campbell’s goal against Burnley: “The final pass for the winning goal was sublime.

"The fact that it’s on 78 minutes and he’s put such a shift in, is 34 and has the legs to beat all of them, and not only to sprint but to put such a good cross in, tells you the quality that he has. And we need that in forward positions.”

Orr has already said he’d be interested in making his move from Blackburn a permanent switch, however, McCarthy says talks are yet to take place with Rovers regarding a longer-term deal: “It’s a bit premature that.

“It’s always the same, when it gets to January, you don’t know what their circumstances are going to be and what will happen.

“But he’s a player that I like. I think it’s just wrong to talk about signing him because no one knows what’s going to happen.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy says there have been no developments regarding his former Wolves scouts Dave Bowman and Ian Evans - who he said last week he’d like to follow him to Portman Road - joining the Blues: “Nothing as yet.”

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irishtim added 06:45 - Nov 17
MM is doing what the last 2 could'nt. Playing guys in correct positions.

howdonblue added 08:29 - Nov 17
MM is a very old school manager ..
no beating about the bush ..


Dissboyitfc added 08:31 - Nov 17
Football has a simple philosophy really, you score more than you concede and you win, the chances of this increase considerably when you put round pegs in round holes.

It Shouldnt have taken 3 managers to put it right, relief at last....COYB

Karlosfandangal added 08:49 - Nov 17

He has not put it right yet, but the signs are good

Dissboyitfc added 09:26 - Nov 17
Karlosfandangal..... removing carlos out of defense and into midfield is putting a wrong right in my my book.

Cant believe the ineptitude shown by the previous two managers in persisting with Edwards at right back, shocking really......coyb

Michael11 added 09:37 - Nov 17
I re

Michael11 added 09:39 - Nov 17
I really can't fault anything MM has done here so far, finally feel relaxed that we're in safe hands! COYB!

petermorris added 10:08 - Nov 17

Keaneish added 11:20 - Nov 17
Couldn't agree more DissBoy.

dommyboyblue added 12:08 - Nov 17
Excuse me if i am wrong. But i don't think rk played edwards at right back. Granted he was an awful manager for us though.

afrodids added 12:19 - Nov 17
big mick comes in and addresses the right back problem in the space of 3 weeks amazing,really looking forward to the transfer window so MM can really start to build his own side. Sneaky 1-0 win today,would take the draw. COYB onwards and upwards

Luggworm added 14:24 - Nov 17
Keane didn't play Edwards at RB. He just dropped him every time he had a good game.

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