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Mick McCarthy: 'I've done a really good job at Ipswich Town'

Mick McCarthy was appointed back in 2012. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy insists he's been able to stay in the role for so long because he has done a "really good job" at the Championship club.

McCarthy is the longest-serving boss in the division, having been appointed at Portman Road in 2012.

However, he's come under increasing pressure from some fans this season with Town currently languishing in 16th place - seven points above the relegation zone.

Despite calls for his head from certain supporters, McCarthy maintains that his team have done well with limited resources.

For four years, I've done a really good job here and this year it's been tough.

We haven't spent Aston Villa money, we haven't spent Norwich money, we haven't spent vast sums of money and we've been competitive every season - up until this one.

It doesn't make me feel lucky (the backing from owner Marcus Evans). I've got a really good relationship with Marcus, it just confirms to me that I've been good at my job but I'm having it tough this year.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

McCarthy also admitted he was "sad" to see Norwich City boss Alex Neil get the sack, but added that his dismissal shows how quickly things can change.

Alex Neil was sacked last week. Credit: PA

"Having been promoted and done a great job, everybody thought he was great," McCarthy said.

"Just 18 months on, he's out of work again so I'm always sad to see it. On the other side of that, if managers didn't go, the ones who were out of work would never get another job.

"I've been the lucky recipient on a few occasions when I've got a job when somebody's left."