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Mick McCarthy Strained To Maintain His 'Plain-Speaking Yorkshireman' Image On BBC

Mick McCarthy Strained To Maintain His 'Plain-Speaking Yorkshireman' Image On BBC
By PJ Browne
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Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side are on the march for promotion once against. They've won five of their last seven games to propel themselves into the Championship playoff places.

Last season, Ipswich made the playoffs, but lost out in the semi-final to local rivals Norwich.

McCarthy is a man with plenty of experience getting teams promoted, previously doing so with both Sunderland and Wolves.

So, he's a man well-placed to assess the capability of his current side to do so.


He was asked as such, though a bit awkwardly, on BBC 5Live on Tuesday evening, following Ipswich's 2-1 win against Fulham.

McCarthy, stressed, jokingly, that as a 'plain-speaking Yorkshire man', a question from host Mark Clemmit would have to be dumbed down in order him to comprehend.

Here's how the exchange played out (you can listen below).


Mark Clemmit: Mick, where are you, where do you think you are? If you need ten to get promoted, where do you think you are right now?

Mick: If what?

Mark Clemmit: If you need ten out of ten to get promoted, where are your team right now in terms of their level?

Mick: I ain't got a clue, Clem. Don't ask questions like that. Ask me a simple one. Ask me about a game or something like that.

Mark Clemmit: Alright Mick, I'll ask you a simple one.

Mick: Thank you.

Mark Clemmit: I'm going to lock myself away in a darkened room and learn to ask six-word questions instead of 100 word ones.

Mick: You do realise you are talking to a straight, plain-speaking Yorkshire man, don't you? And you come out with that nonsense.

Mark Clemmit: Who is more sophisticated than he ever lets on.

Mick: Absolutely, but don't tell anyone or me street cred's gone.

Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE


LISTEN: The Soul-Stirring Duet Mick McCarthy Recorded With Linda Martin

Read: Mick McCarthy Comes Up With Another Classic Reaction To An Ipswich Win

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