Sheffield Wednesday: Jones savours McCarthy clash

Mick McCarthy and Dave Jones have known each other for years
Mick McCarthy and Dave Jones have known each other for years

DAVE Jones is relishing a clash tomorrow with an old adversary - Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.

“I’ve known Mick a long time and done battle with him on and off the field, as a player and a manager,” says the Owls boss.

“Mick gets the job done; he doesn’t pull any punches.”

Former Barnsley star McCarthy has certainly been at the front of Ipswich’s fight to stay in the Championship.

Since he became their manager in early November, the Tractor Boys have had the fourth best record in the division, with 49 points from 30 games under him.

Only Cardiff, who are already promoted, and fellow promotion-chasers Hull and Watford have beaten that haul over the same period.

McCarthy’s reign began with a 1-0 away win against Birmingham. He reflects: “That first win helped us get off to a positive start.

“We played well and fought our corner. It worked, the way we played, and it helps your credentials when the players see that. It helps them believe in what you are saying.

“We got slapped at Palace (5-0) and Leicester (6-0) after that. That may have been a legacy of struggling before but the players bought into what TC (Terry Connor) and myself were doing on the training ground.

“We worked on the shape of the team, defending one on one, two on two, defending as a unit.

“The players have been great. They must take a lot of credit for what they have done but there is still work to be done before we are mathematically safe.”