Ipswich Town fan says ‘don’t give up on our Mick’

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With the shelf-life of a football manager continuing to decrease, you can quickly make a rod for your own back.

Look at Blackpool’s sacking of Paul Ince this week, for example.

To the outsiders, he secured their Championship status last season and with little room to manoeuvre in the transfer window, got them off to the best start in the club’s long and proud history this term.

Yet you can quickly become a victim of your own success, as more managers than Ince have shown, only to then have their contracts cut short.

Mick McCarthy was the toast of Portman Road just a few weeks back.

But after three successive defeats, the latest a worrying lifeless 1-0 defeat at another side who jumped on the managerial merry-go-round, Millwall, it seems a number are starting to rethink.

I have been contacted by one reader who suggests there are a section waiting for our boss to trip up before emerging from the shadows to voice their disdain, particularly in relation to his style.

Believe me, that would be a massive mistake.

The worst thing Wolverhampton Wanderers did this decade was to not put their unwavering faith in ‘Big Mick’.

The website transfermarkt.co.uk claims the market value of his signings (13 permanent) stand at £7.26m. The actual value he paid is given as £57,200 (Jack Doherty).

I’d urge everyone at Portman Road for Reading’s visit Saturday (3pm) to get behind the manager and his remarkable team of ‘freebies’.

Despite the recent blip, Mick is the man to transform our fortunes.

Don’t give up on him.