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Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says ‘Keeping Mick is my big wish’

It was a season which ultimately ended in disappointment, but was one we can reflect on with a lot of pride.

Mick McCarthy proved you don’t need to splash the cash to have a side fighting up at the top of the table.

He continued his Rumpelstiltskin role of weaving gold from straw, only spending a transfer fee of around £100,000 on Freddie Sears, which proved a fantastic bit of business.

I predicted eighth at the start of the season as a play-off place seemed an outside shot.

But by January we were even daring to dream of the top two of a fantastic run kick-started by a first defeat to Norwich back in August where we had looked miles away from being up to it.

With David McGoldrick never able to get fully going after his long injury lay-off, before further setbacks cut short his season, Daryl Murphy hit the form of his life and deserved all the plaudits which came his way as he scored 27 goals.

The other big breakthroughs were Tyrone Mings and Teddy Bishop’s first full seasons.

The late winners at Charlton Athletic and Watford stand out as highlights, but the home form was the foundation of our success; winning 15, equal with Middlesbrough for the best in the division.

My biggest hope for the summer is keeping hold of McCarthy, who has not only done an incredible job on the resources, but shaped a great team spirit.

On the player front, a goalscoring midfielder again tops my list, along with a pair of wingers and a right-back.

That’s it for me, so thanks to everyone who has read the column.

Now it’s time for Marcus Evans to back his man.

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