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Fulham Again Linked With McCarthy
Wednesday, 8th Apr 2015 10:42

Championship strugglers Fulham continue to be linked with a summer move for Blues boss Mick McCarthy.

The Cottagers, who are 20th, eight points off the relegation zone despite receiving lucrative parachute payments following their relegation from the Premier League, were previously mentioned in connection with McCarthy last month.

According to today’s Irish Independent, Fulham owner Shahid Khan is willing to meet Town’s compensation requirements to land the 56-year-old with a four-year contract worth €10 million (£7.3 million) - including a promotion clause - and a big budget on offer at Craven Cottage.

McCarthy, whose family home is still in Bromley, signed a new three-year deal with the Blues last summer.

Current Fulham manager Kit Symons took over, initially as a caretaker-boss, following the departure of Felix Magath in September and is contracted until the end of next season.

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Paulblue62 added 10:48 - Apr 8
Not a chance....
I hope anyway.

oscarwhiting added 10:48 - Apr 8

TR11BLU added 10:51 - Apr 8
please let this happen.
Compensation too.
I hear Warburton is available....

LiamCP123 added 10:52 - Apr 8
Not gonna happen. But if it will, Mark would be a great replacement, even though I'm still happy with MM being our manager.

OultonBlue97 added 10:58 - Apr 8
Won't happen

StowTractorBoy added 10:59 - Apr 8
Fans on here who want MM out need to be careful what they wish for. Perhaps they can tell us who will do a better job with little or no money and with the current crop of players on the books. MM has massively over achieved at this Club on a shoestring budget and yet some supporters just can't see it.

Bobbychase added 11:07 - Apr 8
Mark Warburton must be a superb manager, that's why Brentford are moving heaven and earth to keep him. Oh....

BackTheBlues added 11:09 - Apr 8
I'm glad to see we have some sensible fans...
MM has done an amazing job picking us up from bottom to as high as 2nd!
Yes the last couple of months have been hard and there is a chance we may finish outside the play offs - but once again we have improved with no money (very little money).
We've had some terrific injuries right at the wrong time again and some serious bad luck!
I wouldn't mind hedging my bets that if we do not go up this year that we might be given some money to spend next year!

vanmunt added 11:09 - Apr 8

Very true, but he is an obstinate git and his unwillingness to address the right back situation and chopping and changing Bishop/Sears is starting to grate a bit.... but, he has proven you can make a silk purse out of a cows ear!! Its a real love hate thing!

statto72 added 11:10 - Apr 8
Over to you, Marcus Evans.

tractorshark added 11:25 - Apr 8
Those supporters who don't see it with Mick must have loved the glory days under Keane and Jewell.
I can live with people bemoaning styles and team selection - it's all about opinions.
But I can't understand those who say we'd be better off without him. As someone said, be careful what you wish for.
Mick has his faults but he has got us moving in the right direction and if we don't win promotion this season, he'll have us in the mix next year.
When did that last happen? Remember, Royle had money until the end of his reign.
People criticise the football we play - I agree it isn't always pretty. But was it any better after Royle.
Magilton tried to play more football but when that didn't work we just lumped diagonal balls to Walters.
Keane played four central midfielders and was even more narrow than Mick.
And Jewell was defensively clueless and we still sent high balls to strikers - only this time it was to Chopra who could barely jump.
Whatever you think, you can't deny McCarthy has made progress with the team and I believe there's more to come.
When I read comments on this site or twitter like 'I can hardly bear to go any more', I can't help but think these are people who have already stopped going or have only just begun attending again.
Yet I'm sure those will be the first to demand a playoff final ticket should we make it.
Things aren't perfect right now but changing the manager would be a huge mistake.

PJH added 11:27 - Apr 8
Would not think that it is anything to do with Marcus Evans because if this story is true and if Fulham meet the compensation clause as written in Mick's contract the decision on whether to go or not would be up to MM and nobody else.
Imagine if he went he would want to take TC with him so does Fulham approach(if it exists) include TC?

If the approach turns out to be fact the only person that can decide what happens is MM.

Bluedandy added 11:29 - Apr 8
Besotted McCarthyites should really stop peddling this absurd shoestring myth which Mick loves to cultivate. In terms of wages Town are ranked around 6th in the league, confirmed by MD Ian Milne only last month.

Lightningboy added 11:34 - Apr 8
I think we'd be daft to get shot of Mick..yeah the football is poor at times but he does more often than not get teams up near the top (at this level)..fans can accept poor football when you're winning,it's the poor football + poor results that gets peoples backs up.

Let's be careful what we wish for - in an ideal world we'd have a Burley/Magilton/Holland combo back here running things and playing attractive football again but I don't think our blinkered owner can see past the appointing of managers who've got a track record of getting teams promoted in the past (oh yeah,Burley did,remember?!).

Could be an interesting Summer ahead......?

mroberts added 11:37 - Apr 8
I understand the frustration shown by fans but there is little Mick can do without any money. Ipswich desperately need goals from midfield so im hoping the Marcus dips into his pocket over the summer if he is serious about the club. I personally think he wanted us to go up this season and then sell the club on as a profit. Without play makers and goal scorers from midfield we wont get into the play offs. Look at the sides above us, they are all scoring goals from midfield, the long ball has little affect in the championship.

BYRNE_16 added 11:41 - Apr 8
No Fulham.... Keep your link and your money. Althought McCarthy has done wonders here (as others had stated) I can see the appeal. But lets keep the faith, this season is not over yet!

head1970 added 11:46 - Apr 8
They can have him for nothing in fact we will pay them compensation for having to play Hoofball.

tractorshark added 11:49 - Apr 8
Bluedandy added 11:29 - Apr 8
"Besotted McCarthyites should really stop peddling this absurd shoestring myth which Mick loves to cultivate. In terms of wages Town are ranked around 6th in the league, confirmed by MD Ian Milne only last month."

Understand that but presumably we can only afford those wages because we haven't shelled out on fees.
If we had to pay transfer fees, we would have to sacrifice some of the wage budget - unless Evans dipped into his pocket more, which he won't.
Either way, we can't afford the Callum Wilsons of the division and it's that kind of quality that we're lacking.


paulthebluealien added 11:51 - Apr 8

You are just an example of some of the fickle, stupid fans that are at this club. Albeit, they are a small minority. You clearly have no appreciation for what McCarthy has achieved at this club. Should I remind you how AWFUL we were when McCarthy took over, rooted to the bottom of this division with a measly 7 points from 13 games? We were hopeless, goners and he came in and saved our skins. Now we're on the cusps of the play-off's.

Bluedandy -

What myth? We say Mick has spent very little money on transfer fees which he has. I admit though, maybe if we showed a bit of respect and didn't boo our own team off no matter how bad at Huddersfield Mick's decision to stay may be easier. Though, I doubt he'll be tempted by obscene money.

dirtyboy added 11:58 - Apr 8
I also think some of our better players have come here because of McCarthy himself.

If he were to go, I can see us going into freefall.

Cakeman added 12:02 - Apr 8
I am very much a Mick McCarthy fan for how he has achieved so much with so little.
Sure, I have on occasions been critical but that is usually just out of frustration in the heat of the moment.
He has done really well and along with TC I see a good future as long as the financial backing arrives soon from our owner.
If it doesn't then this reported Fulham link could have some mileage in it!

NSL added 12:07 - Apr 8
Well the Fulham owner is probably used to American football so prefers to see a physical game with the ball flying through the air instead of along the ground. On that basis Mick would be ideal for them!!

Daleyitfc added 12:09 - Apr 8
We can but hope .... compensation from another club for a manager that needs to be sacked anyway.

unknown100 added 12:20 - Apr 8
Let him go, I know loads of Sunday league managers who can tell them to play hoof ball for 90 minutes, can tell the media how amazing the sides we are about the play are and I reckon they'd probably only want a beer and a burger after the game

Ipswich_Crazy added 12:29 - Apr 8
TR11BLU: your not a true town fan, so please leave and support Chelsea! what a idiot!

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