Irish manager Mick McCarthy has never been one to shy away from letting the world know what he thinks.
Outspoken and honest, McCarthy’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude has been a trait of his managerial career ever since he took over at Millwall in 1992.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, McCarthy was on-form as usual and took no time in having a dig at his former club Ipswich Town.
McCarthy had spent five successful years at Portman Road keeping them comfortably in the Championship and bringing them to the playoffs in 2014/2015.
The Irish boss, however, left Ipswich at the end of last season with some of the fanbase unhappy at the style of play and perceived lack of progression under McCarthy.
Fast forward a year and Ipswich now find themselves relegated to the League One after 17 consecutive seasons in the second tier, in a campaign that has seen them win just four games under Paul Lambert and Paul Hurst before him.
McCarthy was quizzed yesterday on the sacking of Brighton manager Chris Hughton who despite successfully keeping the Seagulls in the Premier League, was relieved of his duties at the end of the season.
He outlined that it’s a tough situation that Chris Hughton finds himself in, but the Irish manager also took the opportunity to have a dig at his former club Ipswich in the process.
“It’s really tough, especially if you are in that bottom half all the time. I think you’ve got to do something special, a little bit like Wolves did.
“Maybe they just thought it was time for a change, the same as me at Ipswich. They thought it was time for a change… that went well.”
Pure savagery from Mick McCarthy after being asked about Chris Hughton’s Brighton departure:
🗣️ "Well, perhaps they needed a change. A bit like Ipswich getting rid of me. They needed a change…"
🗣️"That went well!" pic.twitter.com/Y54pHQ2MhS
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) May 22, 2019
The Irish boss, however, has more pressing matters at hand as he prepares his players for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.
Ireland will be looking to make it four wins from four having already defeated Gibraltar away Georgia at home in McCarthy’s first two games as returning Irish manager.