McCarthy has no regrets over Chopra departure

Blackpool's Michael Chopra
Blackpool's Michael Chopra
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Mick McCarthy says he has no regrets about letting Michael Chopra sign for Blackpool, describing his decision as a “no-brainer”, writes WILLIAM WATT.

McCarthy’s Ipswich side arrive at Bloomfield Road for this afternoon’s clash on a poor run of form, having won only one of their previous seven games.

McCarthy allowed Chopra to leave the club on a free transfer at the start of the season and certainly doesn’t think it was a bad decision.

“No regrets, not at all,” he said. “I told everybody I was going to let him go at the end of the season. He knew that.

“When he came back I gave him the opportunity to get himself right to play, but that really didn’t happen. When Blackpool came in it was a no-brainer for me.

“It’s sod’s law now I’ve said that that he’ll get on the pitch and have a chance because they always do when I let somebody go.”

Ipswich haven’t exactly been scoring for fun this season, leading some to question the Chopra decision. The 29-year-old is yet to score for Blackpool but did set up Stephen Dobbie’s winner at Nottingham Forest last Saturday.

When asked if he missed a goal poacher since the striker’s departure, McCarthy added: “I lacked a player like that when he was here.

“Chops has been a real terrific player but I don’t think he was ever that player here, certainly when I saw him.

“If he had been the Chops of six years ago, when he was at Cardiff, he’d have been in my team. For whatever reason he wasn’t and he’s still not playing at Blackpool.”

McCarthy knows and admires Seasiders counterpart Paul Ince from their time together at Wolves and he said of Blackpool: “They had their way of playing, certainly in the Premier League, and I know Ollie (Ian Holloway) has said he regretted being as cavalier as he was. He continued that cavalier thing right to the very end and they only just went down. They were terrific.

“They are still playing 4-3-3 but it’s probably not as cavalier as it used to be. They have been fairly sound defensively.

“In the summer there seemed to be all sorts of problems. Paul couldn’t sign people and ended up having to throw some old pros and young guys together.

“Look at Neal Bishop – he’s played wide left, right-back, in behind and he’s a midfield player!

“They are probably a bit of a surprise package but they just seem to have something good going.”