Never one to shy away from sharing his honest opinion, Mick McCarthy is a great source of sound bites for journalists reporting on his teams. Apparently, unrest has begun to emerge from Ipswich fans due to a mediocre start to the season. In true McCarthy fashion, the manager was forthcoming with his thoughts on the matter, and articulated his point of view with the usual colourful language. More often than not his comments are expressed with plenty of good humour, but on this occasion he became defensive at the opinions emanating from what is surely a minority section of supporters. Is there any substance to this rare criticism, or does the manager of nearly four years have every right to defend himself?
One of the oldest and most decorated clubs in English football, former European Cup winners, and one of the few teams remaining to have taken part in every Premier League season since its inception in 1992. The end of an era beckons for Aston Villa as they prepare to join former giants Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers in the Football League. Continue reading
League One chairmen have been very busy since the season ended and wasted no time in getting their coaching staff in order. Mark Yates (Crawley Town), Paul Sturrock (Yeovil Town) and Ian Hendon (Leyton Orient) look set to pick up their clubs as they drop into League Two next season, a couple of teams have given short term managers longer contracts, and the biggest talking point of all is Nigel Clough’s dismissal at Sheffield United. Continue reading
There was a not a great deal of change needed as the League Two pre-season began – all but one of the playoff hopefuls, and the teams that narrowly avoided the drop either changed manager during the campaign, or have faith with their current leader. Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers have dropped into the Conference and made swift appointments in Gary Johnson and Gary Brabin. As for the teams remaining in the fourth tier, there have only been three significant managerial changes.
Queens Park Rangers ended their survival hopes in style with a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City. This result confirmed their second relegation in three seasons, and demonstrated the Londoner’s inability to acclimatise to Premier League football. Lets be honest, QPR have not really stood chance all season, with the worst away record in the league, and consistently poor performances all round. Tony Fernandes needs to think long and hard about how he will approach this pre-season, as they prepare for a return to the Championship. He’s tried throwing money at the squad in the past, which will come back to haunt him in the form of Football League Financial Fair Play sanctions, and he’s tried out a few managers who have all been unsuccessful. A financial crisis is looming and a decision needs to be made about the coaching staff.