The fans’ favourite joined Bournemouth last Thursday for a fee of £8m. Ipswich also got two players from Bournemouth – with Brett Pitman signing a three-year deal and Ryan Fraser joining on a season-long loan.
McCarthy told Sky Sports News HQ: “We’ve done great out of it in terms of the money that will help us rebuild. We took two really good players – Brett Pitman and Ryan Fraser – that will make us a stronger squad.
“Yes, we have lost a really good left-back but don’t forget we signed Johnny Parr last year and only because Tyrone Mings ended up being the best left-back in the league meant he was kept out for most of the time.
“I think it’s great for him (Mings). Having spent next to nothing on him and getting the money we did was a remarkable deal for a Championship left-back.
“If he does as well as Aaron Cresswell did – he won every player of the year award going at West Ham last year – it will be great for him as well. I think Bournemouth have got a great deal as well, by the way.”
Mings, who signed for Ipswich in 2013 for £10,000, has won over many neutrals for his kindness and generosity as well as his footballing prowess; when he was given the number three shirt by Ipswich at the beginning of last season, he replaced the shirts of fans who had already bought ones with his old number on the back.