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Ipswich must aim for the Premier League says McCarthy

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By Andrew Tuft

Wednesday 05 December 2012

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has set the bar high for his charges - promotion to the Premier League. The former Republic of Ireland international says that promotion to the top flight is the aim of most of the clubs in the Championship, and that Ipswich are no different.

Mick McCarthy

The Tractor Boys spent part of the 1990s in the Premier League, gaining promotion from the old First Division in time to be one of the inaugural Premier League teams, and staying up until 1994/95. They bounced back through the play-offs in 2000, taking the Premier League by storm upon their return and earning a fifth-place finish and with it, UEFA Cup football. But it was not to last and relegation followed a year later.

With the club struggling to escape the second tier McCarthy was appointed in place of Paul Jewell in November and has set about pulling Ipswich up the table. But McCarthy, who has taken Millwall, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers into the play-offs and the latter pair into the Premier League, is under no illusions about the scale of the task at hand.

I think there are 18 teams in the Championship that have been in the Premier League and that is the promise land, its utopia where everybody wants to be,” McCarthy said. “Along with Ipswich who have been there and think they should be there are another 17 teams who think the same. So do the other six who haven’t been there.

That makes it a real tough scrap and the amount of money that is made available when you get promoted makes it so desirable for everyone and that makes it harder to get there. We want to be there but this season we need to concentrate on staying in the Championship first.

For more insight from Mick McCarthy and other leading managers plus exclusive Premier League highlights go to www.yahoo.co.uk/sport

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