Ipswich Town Russell Claydon says: Finally, we are safe in the league

So there will be no need to get that industrial-strength disinfectant out again.

The Town are (finally) mathematically safe, meaning I won’t have to wear that hideous yellow-and-green shirt I had promised.

Mick McCarthy’s words following an impressive 3-1 win over in-form Birmingham City spoke volumes about the man.

He was far from happy to be parading round a plush 30,000 capacity stadium of a club bank-rolled by one of Britian’s richest men celebrating another season in the Championship. To him that was an embarrassment.

Yet, given the situation he inherited, on a day when Wolves fans were showing their anger at the prospect of a second successive relegation, it was quite some achievement.

Going into Saturday’s finale at Burnley (12.45pm) there is even the prospect of a top 10 finish, something which has not been achieved in Suffolk since Jim Magilton in 2008/09.

With the club announcing they are preparing to bid for top academy status (currently operating in the rung below) it feels like things are finally heading in the right direction again.

McCarthy’s record at the club so far, extended over the season, would have put us in a play-off spot — and this isn’t even his team yet.

The scouts who helped him uncover the likes of Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis at Molineux are already lining up targets for next season.

While several current players will no doubt be shown the door (I’d be amazed if Lee Martin was still around), Tommy Smith will be one of the first names on the ‘to keep’ list.

The New Zealand international deservedly scooped the Supporters’ Player of the Year award after undergoing a remarkable renaissance under the new boss.

And there is now a real feeling the same is happening with Ipswich Town.