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McCarthy: Terrific Chambo Galvanised the Defence
Thursday, 21st Sep 2017 19:47

Blues boss Mick McCarthy felt his skipper Luke Chambers galvanised the Town defence as he made his return from injury during last week’s 2-0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Chambers, 31, had missed the previous three league games with an ankle injury he suffered in the 4-3 win at Millwall.

“He didn’t walk back [into the team] actually, he hobbled back in,” McCarthy joked. “It was remarkable he was back so soon.

“I’ve said before, I don’t know how he stayed on the pitch at Millwall, that was remarkable, considering he then missed four weeks from that injury.

“He didn’t injure it at the end of the game, he injured it in the first half when he went down and had treatment.

“And the level of fitness that he’s kept and worked at just to walk back into the game on Saturday and play as well as he did and have the effect that he did [was remarkable], because he really did galvanise that defence, he was terrific.”

How much of a difference does he make to the side? “A huge difference, not only his ability on the pitch and what he does but his personality as a captain.

“Those are the things that are not really noticed or too many people think about until they’re not there, or until they come back and then it stands out as much as it did with Chambo.

“When we were discussing his contract this time last year and then all the way round to the last knockings of the season, they were all the reasons I wanted to re-sign him because that’s what he brings to the table. He’s very, very good. I’ve said before, he’s as good a captain as I’ve ever had.”

McCarthy says he views the former Northampton and Nottingham Forest man, who has been at Portman Road since 2012, as a manager of the future and has already asked if he can be part of his backroom team.

“I’ve offered him my services as an assistant if he’d like to be a manager somewhere down the line,” he laughed.

“Maybe in another 10 years if he fancies an old fart just giving him a little bit of [advice], ‘Maybe you might want to try that…’

“I said it to him because I see him as a manager and I thought that might just be my chance just to keep earning a few quid later on.

“I do think he’ll be a manager and he loves it as well. Quite clearly he loves the game, he loves football, which you’d like to think all footballers do, although I’m not sure that’s the case.

“He does and he likes that leadership role and I think he likes the fact that the lads call him ‘Skip’ and look up to him and respect him for what he does, for what he’s done and what he’s achieved. But the enthusiasm that he brings as well is great.”

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cat added 20:05 - Sep 21
Hail the Great El magnifio & majestic Chambo!!! Fractured foot and double 'YES' double ligament damage, simply remarkable recovery, used to be the magic sponge and a 6 week layoff in my day!!!

TimmyH added 21:17 - Sep 21
What about the galvanisation in the middle that Spence and Knudsen produced against Brentford then Mick?? (probably the best defensive show this season)...£50 says neither of them will be in those positions on Saturday.

Chambers & Mick showing a bit of love for each other this week me thinks.

Kesgraveblue57 added 21:18 - Sep 21
Chambers is very ordinary we will see how good he is against Leeds

Beattie2 added 21:38 - Sep 21
He is not the best defender in this league but he's wholehearted and a good captain, which makes up for his limitations in other areas of play.

coolcat added 22:14 - Sep 21
He certainly did that. His presence at the back & as Captain was certainly missed. Was great to see his return on Saturday.

BotesdaleBlue added 08:17 - Sep 22
Given all that Mick has said, it is amazing his contract situation dragged right up to the wire last season, with the possibility of a return to Forest almost happening. I just wonder what went on there between owner/manager/player/agent, as it didn't make sense then or now.

Anyway, very glad he is still at Town as he is an example to others even if he isn't the best defender in this league by some margin.

blue75 added 17:15 - Sep 22
What every team needs his leadership skills make up for not being the best defender on the pitch. That said I think he's a good championship defender.

Ipswichbusiness added 20:33 - Sep 22
He was played hideously out-of-position at right-back for so long. He is a centre-back!

No he may not be technically the best defender, but he has the attitude that the likes of Butcher and Adams had and which Arsenal so lack in their present back four.

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