Watch: Mick McCarthy on managerial change at Ipswich - 'That went well'

Thu, May 23 2019

McCarthy returned to the Ireland fold in November after leaving Ipswich the previous April. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Mick McCarthy has long been known for his quick wit and acerbic tongue, and his ongoing battle with some Ipswich Town fans remains the most entertaining feud in football.

McCarthy gave his thoughts on the sacking of his former international teammate Chris Hughton by Brighton & Hove Albion at Wednesday’s Republic of Ireland media briefing.

Hughton was dismissed the day after Brighton’s final league fixture, having guided the Seagulls to the Premier League for the first time in their history and kept them up in successive seasons.

McCarthy – now in his second stint as Ireland manager following his departure from Ipswich in acrimonious circumstances just over a year – was asked his views on the increasingly cutthroat nature of elite management.

“[To keep your job] I think you have to do something a little bit special, a little like Wolves did,” the 58-year-old said.

“Or 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.”

Ipswich, in their first season post-McCarthy, were relegated to League One, the third third of the English League pyramid, after finishing bottom, 13 points from safety.