McCarthy set for Ipswich job

Mick McCarthy is in pole position to become the new Ipswich

manager, although an appointment is not expected on Wednesday.

The Tractor Boys, who parted company with Paul Jewell last week,

interviewed several candidates on Tuesday, but are reported to have

more talks lined up with the former Wolves and Sunderland boss on

Wednesday morning.

While reports of a three-year deal already being agreed may be

premature, it looks likely McCarthy will be handed the task of

steering Town away from relegation trouble in the Championship,

with an announcement expected before Saturday’s trip to

Birmingham.

The 53-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Crystal

Palace, has been out of work since being sacked by Wolves in

February and looks set to beat off competition from Owen Coyle and

Alan Shearer for the role.

Town find themselves cut adrift at the foot of the table

following a 12-match winless sequence and a club-record run of 10

league games without a home victory which stretches back to

March.