Will Marcus Evans live to regret effectively punishing Mick McCarthy for his other manager’s costly mistakes?
With Giovanni Trapattoni leaving the Ireland job by mutual consent this week, the name of our manager was quickly made short odds to return to the job.
Although Martin O’Neill is seen as the favourite, there is certainly a chance McCarthy could be approached for the position.
And before he took the Ipswich role he did say he would like to return to the Ireland post when it is available one day.
There is no doubt if he did it would be a major blow for his current employers, with managerial stability desperately needed to establish Town as promotion challengers once again.
Having had his fingers burnt by Jim Magilton, Roy Keane and Paul Jewell, Evans has decided to invest for the long-term by seeking to acquire category one status for the academy.
But it seems to have been at the expense of McCarthy’s transfer kitty, having to rely on a collection of low wage free transfers.
So will it force him to jump ship back into international management?
I don’t think it will as McCarthy is the kind of man who won’t leave a challenge without seeing it through.
He believes he can build us into a force in this league, even with limited resources.
Despite the poor points tally, he has seen this side can compete against the strongest sides.
Two home games in four days against teams with considerably less talent, in Middlesbrough and Yeovil Town, provide a real opportunity to ignite the season.
And it is one I am confident that will be led with Mick McCarthy at the helm.
Bury-born Ed Upson returns to Portman Road on Tuesday but is another sad reminder of a player we shouldn’t have let go.