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Tommy Smith hoping for Mick McCarthy stay

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith is keen for manager Mick McCarthy to remain with the club.

Tommy Smith has said that the entire Ipswich Town squad is keen for Mick McCarthy to remain their manager.

The 54-year-old has recently been linked with a return to the Republic of Ireland, whom he previously managed between 1996 and 2002.

McCarthy himself has refused to discuss the speculation, but centre-back Smith insists that if he was to depart Portman Road, then the team would end up having to start "all over again".

"We've just got to get on with our jobs. If it happens, it happens," the East Anglian Daily Times quotes Smith as saying. "We don't want him to go though because he's been really good for us.

"He's now had the chance to build his own squad, the performances have been good and there is a feeling we've got something to build on. A change of manager means starting all over again so we really want him to stay."

McCarthy is currently the favourite with the bookmakers to fill the Ireland void.

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Mick McCarthy of Ipswich Town looks on during the pre season friendly match between Barnet and Ipswich Town at The Hive on July 20, 2013
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