The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Jamie Holt

MICK McCarthy has hauled Ip­swich into pro­mo­tion con­tention on a shoe­string bud­get – and chair­man Mar­cus Evans has hinted he’s ready to see what his mir­a­cle worker can do with a fist­ful of pounds.

McCarthy, 56, is seek­ing his third pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League af­ter guiding Sun­der­land and Wolves back to the big time, but to do so with the Trac­tor Boys would ar­guably be his big­gest achieve­ment yet.

While the £10,000 pur­chase of left-back Ty­rone Mings from Chip­pen­ham Town may not be his big­gest out­lay any more – Fred­die Sears was signed for an undis­closed fee in Jan­uary – McCarthy does not ex­actly com­mand a war chest at Port­man Road.

But Evans in­sists he can match his manager’s am­bi­tion with funds to en­sure Ip­swich’s dal­liance with pro­mo­tion this sea­son is no flash in the pan.


“The fact that we are within sight of the fin­ish­ing line to reach the play-offs is noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous and a tes­ta­ment to the abil­ity of Mick and (as­sis­tant manager) Terry Con­nor,” said Evans.

“My main pri­or­ity over this sum­mer, and in fu­ture years, is to sup­port Mick by en­sur­ing we keep our best play­ers through be­ing able to of­fer com­pet­i­tive terms, as well as the play­ers be­ing aware that they are part of a team with the re­al­is­tic po­ten­tial to move on­wards and up­wards in what­ever league we find our­selves.

“In ad­di­tion, I will con­tinue to en­sure funds are avail­able to of­fer sim­i­larly com­pet­i­tive terms for new play­ers we bring into the club.

“If we add to this a vi­brant academy with play­ers pro­gress­ing into the first-team, we will have, I be­lieve, a recipe for greater suc­cess.

“We will con­tinue to be highly com­pet­i­tive in terms of wages and will strive to match up to mar­ket con­di­tions.”

FUNDS: Mick McCarthy

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