Ipswich Town have confirmed that Mick McCarthy will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the Championship season.
The 59-year-old took over at Portman Road in 2012 and is now the longest-serving manager in the second tier, but he has come in for some criticism from a section of the fans this season as the side sit in 12th place.
McCarthy, whose best season with the Tractor Boys was in 2014-15 when he guided them to the play-offs following a sixth-placed finish, insisted that he would not be forced out before the end of his contract.
It never got to the point where we actually talked about a new contract. It just felt right that it was time for us both to look at different options.Mick McCarthy
But, following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans on Wednesday evening, it was decided that the former Republic of Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves boss would leave following Ipswich's final game of the season, at home against Middlesbrough on 6th May.
Evans told the club website: "It never got to the point where we actually talked about a new contract. It just felt right that it was time for us both to look at different options.
"In his six years here he has made us a very competitive club in what is a very competitive league. No one looks forward to playing Ipswich.
"Mick will see out his contract here and then we will look to make an announcement regarding his successor in due course."
McCarthy, whose assistant Terry Connor will also be departing, added: "I had a good discussion with Marcus and we feel this is the right thing to do for me and for Ipswich Town.
"I won't be leaving with any regrets. I have given everything for Ipswich Town and I will see out my contract in the same way."
Ipswich are next in action on Saturday when they travel to face relegation battlers Birmingham City at St Andrew's and they are 10/3 to pick up a win. The Blues are priced at 1/1 to win and the draw is available at 12/5.
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