Ipswich have confirmed that Mick McCarthy will leave Portman Road at the end of the season – and Leeds United must act quick and pounce on the 59-year-old as soon as they have the chance.
That means that Andrea Radrizzani must sack Paul Heckingbottom when the campaign ends, but the former Barnsley manager has so far shown no improvement on Thomas Christiansen’s reign and if anything the Yorkshire giants have started to go backwards.
The former Sunderland and Wolves manager has won the Championship twice and is known for being able to stabilise an unsteady club and get them into the big-time.
That is exactly what Leeds need and it is an added bonus that McCarthy is a Yorkshire man and is someone who can hold down a job at a club for more than a few years.
Ipswich confirmed on their official Twitter account on Thursday that the 59-year-old will leave the Suffolk club when his contract ends.
Ipswich Town Football Club can today confirm that manager Mick McCarthy will leave the Club at the end of his contract.
— Ipswich Town FC (@IpswichTown) March 29, 2018
Ipswich have been unable to really improve under McCarthy’s reign but he has been working with limited resources.
Moving to Elland Road would present Radrizzani with the chance to work for the first time with a manager who really knows what he is doing.
The Italian businessman impressed fans earlier in his ownership of the club, but that has worn off slightly in the past few months, mainly down to recruitment and decisions on managers.
It may be costly to sack Heckingbottom so early, but it would definitely be the best call for Radrizzani to make right now.
In other Leeds United news, fans have urged the club to hire this two-time Championship-winning manager in the summer.