Never a man to mince his words, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has a typically dim view of Twitter (and social media in general, presumably).
A handful of managers are active on the social media platform including the likes of Everton’s Ronald Koeman and Garry Monk of Middlesbrough – but the former Ireland boss has no intention of becoming one of them.
In an interview with the Telegraph on Saturday, McCarthy makes it abundantly clear that the level of abuse involved means that it would not be a worthwhile practice for him:
“Am I fuck.”
“Twitter? Not a chance. Can you imagine? I’d either have 700 billion followers or I’d be put in prison. Why would I want to do that? If someone came on giving me abuse, it would degenerate very quickly.
“You know yourself when you’re having a tough time. You don’t need someone who, by the way, might never have kicked a ball, who might weigh 25 stone, who couldn’t get out of his chair, who has never coached, telling you you’re shit. No. It would annoy me too much. Fuck off.”
Well, that answers that.
The 58-year-old has been overseeing something of a revival at Portman Road this season. Having finished 16th in the Championship last year, Ipswich are currently in third having won all four of their opening matches in the league in this campaign.
It’s still very early in what is a 46-game season, but the early signs are positive that McCarthy and the Tractor Boys are in for a good season this time around.
Not that we’ll be hearing about it on Twitter from the man himself.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we catch up with Sligo Rovers striker Vinny Faherty after that brilliant win at Cork City last weekend, as well as looking back at last weekend’s Premier Divison matches and ahead to this weekend’s FAI Cup action.