Love him or loathe him, former manager Mick McCarthy certainly know how to get chins wagging and his remarks this week suggest he still bears a grudge.
It is obvious from his interview with Sky Sports that the healing process is far from over. McCarthy said that he was asked by the local police to leave via the back door away at Brentford last April, as they feared for his own safety but Mick being Mick was not a man who would be bullied into doing anything and said defiantly, ” F… em, I am going out the front door,” and they warned him that if he did he may face a barrage of abuse – along perhaps with getting sprayed with bottles and beer!
He then immediately spoke to Marcus Evans and told him that the home game against Barnsley would be his last as the Town boss. He took a moment to relive those events and then said, “It would have been nice to go out and say ‘thanks for everything, it’s been great’, rather than well, what do you think about being booed? Thankfully I won’t have to listen to it again and I so did one.”
But does he still bear a grudge? Well, it would appear so because in another interview with a local newspaper on the outskirts of Birmingham he explained that his sad demise still hurts and presumably referring to the disgruntled he said, ” That lot have very short memories and even smaller brain cells. They forget what I did for that club and how I almost single-handedly pulled them up by their bootlaces and out of a position of almost certain relegation and back into their comfort zone. They are an ungrateful lot – some of these football fans.”
He went on to say that with very limited resources he managed to take Town to the brink of promotion. ” It’s a bit like politics football. People forget what you did or didn’t do quickly. Terry (Connor) and myself took the team to the play-off’s and we punched way above our weight most of the time but the only thing people remember are those success stores and not the near misses.”
The trouble with Mick was that he does not understand the word ‘diplomacy’ and his foul-mouthed utterances many supporters found intolerable in the end. It was a very sour parting of the ways but it could be argued that he was ‘unloved’ from the start because few fans wanted him to be installed as manager in the first place. Asked whether he received hate mail during his time at Town, he said that his personal assistant dealt with it and shredded anything abusive. I guess she must have been a very busy woman.
Perhaps if Mick had not been so abusive to those that doubted him, it might have ended far more favourably for all concerned.
F.W. – editor of Vital Ipswich