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Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager (2012-2018)

We're ending our regular live updates on the reaction to the announcement that Mick McCarthy is to leave the manager's seat at Ipswich Town at the end of the season.

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You can post your thoughts on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page.

BBC Radio Suffolk brings you Life's A Pitch and Matchday on Saturday, as Town visit Birmingham, and there's more commentary on Monday for the visit of McCarthy's former club Millwall.

Tyrone Mings: 'I've nothing but positivity about Mick McCarthy'

Reacting to the news Mick McCarthy will leave Ipswich Town, Tyrone Mings said: "Personally I have nothing other than positivity about everything he did for me whilst at the club and the position he's got the club into.

"What has happened since [the play-off season] - arguably people will say there hasn't been enough attractive football - I think the job he has done has been fantastic."

'McCarthy like a father figure'

Tyrone Mings
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One of Mick McCarthy's big success stories at Ipswich Town was Tyrone Mings - the young defender bought for £10,000 and sold for £8m.

He told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I can never truly put into words how much of an influence Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor were on my early career - they were very much like fatherly figures.

"They bled me into the team when I needed to be, took me out when I needed it, but most importantly they gave me time to develop.

"I remember quitting my job on the Tuesday, signing on the Thursday and on the Friday I was travelling up to Leeds with the squad."

Hear the full interview on Stephen Foster's Drivetime show.

Inside the £12,500-per-year student houses with own cinema

Cambridge News

Cambridge’s first ever student ‘townhouses’ are set to open on Mill Road this summer, with rooms available for more than £12,500 per year.

Man stabbed in 'shocking incident' in Luton

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed in Luton.

Bedfordshire Police say it happened at about 08:25 next to a block of flats on St Saviour’s Crescent, off Russell Street.

Det Insp Janine Graham said: "We recognise this is a shocking incident for the community and we have a number of officers carrying out high visibility patrols in the area to talk to local residents around any concerns they may have.

"We’re carrying out a number of lines of inquiry in relation to this incident and we’re also urging anyone with information to contact us to help us establish the circumstances."

St Saviour's Crescent
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How are the national press covering the McCarthy-Ipswich split?

Here's a selection of the national coverage of the announcement the Mick McCarthy and Ipswich Town are to part company at the end of the season:

Meanwhile, The Sack Race is installing Lincoln City's Danny Cowley as 5/2 favourite to take over at Portman Road.

The Imps boss oversaw the defeat of Ipswich in the FA Cup a year ago, in what was one of the low-points of McCarthy's reign.

Terry Butcher
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Terry Butcher in his blood-soaked England shirt, picked up against Sweden in 1989

At the time, Ipswich and England legend Terry Butcher said: "I can't remember ever being so embarrassed and humiliated as an Ipswich fan.

"Ipswich lost the wrong way, not enough fight, not enough passion."

McCarthy says departure could affect players' futures

As the press conference came to an end, one final question prompted an interesting response from Mick McCarthy - will his exit lead the way for others?

The future of Polish international goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been a hot topic of conversation over recent months, and McCarthy suggested that during conversations "Barts" had been keen to know whether the manager would still be here next season.

Bartosz Bialkowski
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Bartosz Bialkowski at a Poland press conference ahead of their 3-2 win in a friendly against South Korea on Tuesday

McCarthy calls out 'numbskull' supporters

During his press conference, outgoing Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy also called out the "numbskulls who've been given me abuse".

"That comment is for the people who have been doing it and ruining games at Portman Road and making it hard for players to play," he said.

"They probably don't give too many people respect, let alone the manager."

Mick McCarthy at the press conference after he announced he was leaving
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Church hides crosses for Easter hunt

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, a coalition of churches in Suffolk is asking people to search for 200 crosses they have hidden. Churches Together in Sudbury and District is distributing the crosses around the area to celebrate Christianity. The small wooden crosses all have a Bible verse written on them. Gerry Higginson, chairman of Churches Together, said: "The idea is to provide something tangible as a reminder of the gift that God gave to us in Jesus."

Gerry Higginson and Ruth Ridge from Churches Together in Sudbury
Churches Together

'People were getting bored of me,' says Mick

"I've done well here, I've enjoyed every bit of it, but we're not progressing, we're pretty much standing still.

"I've done my job and people were getting bored of me. Let them have someone else and see if they get bored of them."

Mick McCarthy
Ipswich Town

McCarthy leaves with 'heavy heart'

More from Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town's training ground

"There's a few teams in the bottom three that would take my position, that certainly have bigger budgets than we have and I inherited.

"I think there was a bit of a heavy heart from both [me and Marcus Evans] last night, and I've been given time.

"I think he's been very good to all the managers that have been here."

McCarthy added that his time in management is not over and he is ready if and when an opportunity arises once his contract ends.

Mick McCarthy
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Bishops end Lent pilgrimage with a cuppa

Two Suffolk bishops have completed their Lent pilgrimage walk around the diocese.

The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, and the Right Reverend Mike Harrison, the Bishop of Dunwich, walked 80 miles over 10 days.

They visited Sudbury, Cavendish, Kedington, Little Thurlow, Exning, Newmarket, Worlington and Mildenhall - before arriving at Bury St Edmunds today.

Each day began and ended in prayer, while they also met parishioners around the diocese.

And on arrival at Bury St Edmunds - they tucked into a well-earned cuppa!

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, right, and The Rt Rev Dr Mike Harrison Bishop of Dunwich
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Mick McCarthy: 'My time has run its course'

The first we hear from Mick McCarthy, speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk's Brenner Woolley:

"This is kind of a natural end and I think everything has its cycle and my time here has run its course," he said.

"It's both our decisions, [owner] Marcus Evans and me. It's the right time. I've done my stint and a done blooming good stint."

He added the criticism from some fans had not affected the decision.

Norwich Northern Distributor Road to be renamed the Broadland Northway

Eastern Daily Press

Just weeks before the road is due to be fully opened, council leaders have plumped for the new name, having considered a number of options.

Press conference: Live stream

Luke Chambers: 'Players are disappointed'

'Finish on a high'

More from Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers on Mick McCarthy's departure:

Luke Chambers
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"I feel he's done a very good job with the things he's had to deal with. I thought we'd had a pretty decent run of it of late.

"He called a meeting this morning, we obviously knew something was going to happen sooner or later, knowing which way we were going to go as a club.

"The gaffer's made no secret he wants to finish above those guys up the road so we'll be doing everything we can to finish as high as we can."

Players found out about departure this morning

Luke Chambers is now speaking to the press about Mick McCarthy's departure:

"We found out this morning," he said. "We have to be professional and continue to give our all to the football club."

Luke Chambers and Brenner Woolley
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Captain 'playing for future'

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers is facing the media before his manager and has said that "from a personal point of view it’s a sad day".

"We’ll all continue to do our job from now until the end of the season," he told the club in an interview with them before he heads into the press room.

“You’re playing for your future now under a new manager. I think the manager has done a very good job here.”

He said Mick McCarthy was a "great person and a great man".

"Hopefully it can be a long wave goodbye now."