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Mick McCarthy says former Ireland international won't play for club again

Leon Best has endured a difficult spell in the Championship with Ipswich.

Leon Best (file pic).
Leon Best (file pic).
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LEON BEST’S TIME at Ipswich looks all but over, after manager Mick McCarthy said he wouldn’t play for the club again.

The striker, who won seven caps for Ireland between 2009 and 2010, joined Ipswich last August, with the club keen to find a replacement for Daryl Murphy, after he joined Newcastle

The ex-Southampton and Newcastle striker had been a free agent, but did enough to convince McCarthy he was worth a gamble during a trial period.

But the 30-year-old Nottingham-born forward has failed to score in 12 appearances for the Championship outfit, and McCarthy suggested his appearance in the Tractor Boys’ embarrassing 1-0 FA Cup loss to Lincoln would be his last for the club.

“I’ve told him he won’t play again for me,” McCarthy told reporters.

He came in, trained well for two weeks and really impressed everyone. It was a case of right place, right time for him, but he’s not done it since.

“I’m sure Leon has a different view, but it’s my view that counts. I decided after that Lincoln game that was it.”

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