Welcome back Big Mick (Video)

Ah Mick McCarthy. You’re back. Not in a punditry position, but as a football manager. When the news broke on Wednesday night that Ipswich Town were to appoint the 53-year-old as their new manager, following the sacking of Paul Jewell, fans rejoiced, not only because he would no longer be commentating on football, but due to the perilous position the Tractor Boys currently find themselves in.

With the players currently on show at Portman Road, it’s fair to assume that footing the table is a false position for Ipswich to be in. Much of this is down to Jewell’s poor man management, but this is where McCarthy excels. As witnessed during his spells with Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanders, the former Republic of Ireland manager knows his way around the Championship.

With the club currently 15 points off sixth place Hull City, it is unlikely that, barring a monumental turn around in fortunes, Ipswich will achieve promotion this season, with survival likely to be the priority for the club at present.

Nevertheless, under McCarthy, fans can expect to see the Tractor Boys, barring relegation of course, challenging for a place in the top two during the 2013/14 season. With the players now at his disposal, including Nigel Reo Coker, Michael Chopra and Carlos Edwards, talk of promotion may seem premature, given their current plight, but does seem a distant possibility. Besides, it’s always good having Big Mick back when he can he Mick Roll like nobody else in the game.