Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says ‘stop playing games with us, Mick’

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A year after he rode into Portman Road to rescue us, are we already into the last throes of Mick McCarthy’s reign?

That is the troubling question which has been hanging over the club since the throne to the Republic of Ireland job became available a month-and-a-half ago.

His repeated riddled comments to the media on the subject — ‘it might be that I’d just like to be asked so I can say yes. It might be that I’d just like to be asked so I can say no. I haven’t been asked’ — have been an unsettling and unnecessary distraction.

I respect McCarthy and what he has done here, saving us from almost certain relegation, but you can’t tell me he doesn’t know the answer to the question.

And by not putting the speculation to rest, he is playing a dangerous game where he appears to be either orchestrating his exit or making the fateful move of believing he is bigger than the club.

If he isn’t ready to leave Ipswich if the job is offered, he needs to say now, before the unrest it has the potential to create could undo the work which has seen him repeatedly linked to his former job.

Luckily, it didn’t seem to affect another strong performance on Saturday, where we deserved a point against league leaders Burnley.

Like many, I would have liked to have seen young Jack Marriott given the chance from the bench instead of Frank Nouble.

We all know what happened when the last free-scoring teenage striker at the club was overlooked by an Ipswich manager.

It has been more than 13-and-a-half hours since regular away match followers saw a Town victory on the road.

They will make the trip up to the north west on Saturday hoping we can finally end the away day blues by taking advantage of a Bolton Wanderers side who have spectacularly failed to live up to their potential so far.

Dougie Freedman’s side are unbeaten in four but with only one win, it won’t take much for the home crowd to get on their side’s backs.