'Two old farts who know f**k all about the game, hey? I’ll have to get my iPad out now.'

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich are joint-top of the Championship after four wins from their first four games.

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IPSWICH HAVE STARTED the new Championship season with a bang and are joint-top of the table after four games owing to their 100% record.

They beat Brentford 2-0 on Saturday with summer signing Martyn Waghorn scoring his fourth of the season while another new acquisition – Joe Garner – grabbed the second.

It means that Mick McCarthy’s side sit alongside Cardiff City at the summit – three points clear of nearest challengers Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

The Welsh side are managed by Neil Warnock, a friend of McCarthy’s for over four decades.

The pair met at Barnsley in the 1970s when a teenaged McCarthy was an apprentice and cleaned Warnock’s boots.

“He was the biggest 16 year old ever, I think he was shaving at 12, he is a tough nut but is also a great guy,” said Warnock, who, at 68, is ten years older than the ex-Republic of Ireland manager.

After today’s victory, McCarthy was quizzed about how well he and Warnock had started the campaign.

“Two old farts who know f**k all about the game, hey?” he said.

“I’ll have to get my iPad out now.”

McCarthy, who has come in for plenty of criticism from Ipswich fans throughout his five-year spell with the club, was also asked about the ovation he received from the supporters.

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“I treat it with the same contempt as the boos,” he replied.

“It shows how fickle football is.”

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