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Ipswich Town boss itching to get new season underway

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits he can't wait for the new Championship season to start.

The Irishman isn't a fan of pre-season and says he is itching to get back to competitive action.

McCarthy is also hoping to have another look at trialist Roland Lamah in Town's final pre-season game against Belgian club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on Saturday.

"I don't like pre-season games because there's no intensity to them," McCarthy told ITV News Anglia.

"It's impossible to treat it as the exact same as a league game. So roll on the sixth of August for me."


Ipswich Town boss McCarthy not ruling out Lamah signing

Mick McCarthy was impressed by Lamah's performance. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has refused to rule out offering trialist Roland Lamah a permanent deal after he impressed against Charlton Athletic.

The Belgian played just under an hour of the Blues' goalless pre-season friendly draw at The Valley last night.

The 28-year-old was recently with Hungarian club Ferencváros, and once had a loan spell at Swansea City in the Premier League.

I thought he played well. I was pleased with him, and pleased with his contribution but he’s not fully fit.

He’s just come in so it’s unfair on him, and unfair on me to have to make a snap decision having seen little of him.

I’ll talk to his agent but I would like to see more of him and I do think he could do something for us.

I would like him to be involved on Saturday so we’ll see.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Ipswich All Stars to help raise cash for football duo

Butcher in his playing days Credit: PA Images

Ipswich legends Terry Butcher and Kieron Dyer will be putting on their boots once more to take on Newmarket Town in a special pre-season friendly.

The pair will be part of an Ipswich All Stars team to take on Newmarket Town on Sunday in a special charity match for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs.

Shaun Whiter had to have both legs amputated, while Joey Abbs was also hurt following the collision on Dullingham Road near Newmarket.

The two men had stopped to try and change a tyre when another car crashed into them and drove off.

A man has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is now awaiting trial.

Shaun and Joey Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Ipswich game takes placxe on Sunday, with Gates opening at 12 and the first match kicking off at 1pm.

Check the Newmarket Town website for details.

McCarthy backs Allardyce to be a success for England

McCarthy thinks Allardyce is a good appointment. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he's "delighted" for Sam Allardyce after the former Sunderland boss was confirmed as the new England manager this afternoon.

Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal and McCarthy is confident he will be a success.

I’m absolutely delighted for Sam, first and foremost but I’m also delighted for the LMA and all the English managers out there.

As managers, we all have to cut our teeth in the game and Sam has done that. He’s been down in the lower leagues and worked his way up and his knowledge of football is superb.

He’s a very bright guy and he will get the team working hard and giving their all. If you add a better standard of player into that mix, then that could well be a recipe for success.

I’m delighted for Sam and good luck to him.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Ipswich Town remaining patient in hunt for new signings

Mick McCarthy is hoping to add to his squad. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits the club are having to play a waiting game as they look to strengthen their squad.

Town have only managed to bring in Paul Digby and Adam Webster so far, but McCarthy is confident he will be able to add to that number in the coming weeks.

It’s a waiting game as we go on.

A lot of Premier League teams took all their players away (on pre-season) so we are still waiting on that front.

There are two or three we are trying to get in and two or three loans deals as well. But we will just keep waiting on that front.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

August's East Anglian derby switched for live TV coverage

The first East Anglian derby of the season will now take place on Sunday August 21. Credit: PA

The first East Anglian derby of the season between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road has been moved for live TV coverage.

The match was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday 20 August, but will be now take place on Sunday 21 August with a noon kick-off.

Norwich won the last meeting between the sides in The Championship play-off semi-final two seasons ago.

The return fixture at Carrow Road has also been put back a day to Sunday February 26, again with a midday kick-off.

Fundraising football match for two men seriously injured in Newmarket hit-and-run

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs

Former Ipswich Town players will play in a benefit match against Newmarket Town at the end of the month, in support of two footballers who were seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Shaun Whiter, who's 27, lost both his legs after he stopped to help his friend Joey Abbs who'd broken down on Dullingham Road in Newmarket on Friday night.

Joey, who plays for Soham, sustained serious injuries to his right leg.

An appeal to raise £120,000 has been launched to help Shaun walk down the aisle with fiance Charlotte next summer, with local clubs showing their support for both players.

The match will take place at the Cricket Field Road ground on July 31.

The game has only been arranged in the last 24 hours so Simon Milton and I will be on the phone to get a team together and hopefully we will get a good turnout at Newmarket to raise as much as we can for Shaun and Joey.

– Steve McGavin, Ipswich Town

League Two club Cambridge United have also announced they will stage their own game to raise money for the pair.

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