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Name Mick McCarthy
Gender Male
Ethnic Irish
Job Irish Football Coach
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Org Ireland National Team
Club as Coach Ipswich Town


Roy Keane Roy Keane famously missed the World Cup 2002 and has since admitted it was his biggest regret. He claimed he should’ve put his personal issues with football manager Mick McCarthy to one side for the sake of the team

2000 09 04 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy sounding an awful lot like Kevin Keegan when asked if Holland’s injury problems would make Saturday’s game less tricky (with thanks to Colm)] Of course it doesn’t make it any easier for us - it just would have been more difficult if they had a full squad

2010 11 04 Retrieve

[Wolves manager Mick McCarthy still bitter over reaction to resting players against Manchester United last season] We were certainly singled out. Others have done it, and I did it and everybody found it suddenly really distasteful. If we’d have won, nothing would have come of it. And actually, we put up a good show. I wonder if I’d get away with nine changes. I don’t know, I’ll have to ring somebody at the Premier League offices and ask what I can do

[McCarthy believes his club could upset the odds again] I think the performance we had at Old Trafford gave us plenty of confidence and belief, as did the one we had as Stamford Bridge [where they lost 2-0].

They have probably led to the result we got against Manchester City. If all those things help then we should be in better shape going to Old Trafford

[Until the victory over mega-rich City, Wolves had been playing well without reaping the points reward but McCarthy maintains that it never worried him] I’ve been saying that if we were playing rubbish and getting beaten every week then we’d got no chance - we might as well pack up and go home. But we weren’t, we were playing well but not getting the bit of luck that you need to win. We probably had that last week.

[With United missing first-teamers Nani, Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney, McCarthy knows that it will still be tough be tough going to get anything out of the game] We’re going to Old Trafford, for God’s sake. Manchester United at Old Trafford - it has quite an ominous ring, doesn’t it? I’m not bothered what team they put out, they’ve always got fabulous players and the best manager. It’s a good recipe for success

2011 09 28 Retrieve

[Wolves striker Kevin Doyle signs new four-year contract] It’s great news that Kevin has signed the new contract and his future is now secured for another four years. He has been a key player for us in maintaining our Premier League status over the last two seasons when he has made a major contribution.

From day one when he arrived he settled at the club and has been the consummate professional in the way he plays and also conducts himself off the pitch.

He remains a big part of what we are trying to achieve here, and we are delighted that he has agreed to extend his stay.

2018 01 22 Retrieve

[Carter-Vickers did not have to wait long to get into action with his new team as he was thrown straight into the side this past weekend. He went the full 90 in 1-1 draw with Bolton and drew praise from his new manager Mick McCarthy] [Stephen Gleeson] was fantastic for us and Cameron did great as well. I saw him play for Sheffield United at Bolton. I liked him then and he will get better for us as well.

2018 02 03 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy gives a unique analogy to his opponents’ tactics after his side’s 1-0 home defeat by Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers] It’s a bit of parasite football then. They can prey and feed on our mistakes then. I don’t blame them for that and they are very good at it. On the break they have quality

2018 05 10 Retrieve

[Reported Kaizer Chiefs target Mick McCarthy confirms interest from South Africa] From Australia, I had a call, from South Africa, Israel, all nice and local for me (laughs). They all kind of appeal to me to get back into work, but no, it’s a bit far. I would love to get back in the Premier League at some stage

2018 11 25 Retrieve

[Republic of Ireland appoint McCarthy with Kenny to take over in 2020] I’m honoured and excited to be back with the Republic of Ireland. I am delighted that the FAI Board and CEO have given me this opportunity to lead the team to Euro 2020.

I have been involved in club football for the last 15 years, so this will be a new challenge but one that I know well. I’m delighted to have Terry Connor, a trusted colleague and excellent coach, and Robbie Keane, one of the finest players who I had the pleasure of managing, helping me as assistant coaches

I am looking forward to getting started and embracing this challenge to qualify for Euro 2020, where it would be fantastic to play in front of the Ireland supporters in Aviva Stadium

2019 06 07 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy Confirms Alan Judge Wrist Injury After Denmark Draw] If he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all

2019 07 01 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy has always spoken highly of Judge, outlining in March that he had tried to sign the 30-year old when he was Ipswich manager] He is back to his form that we were so used to for such a long time, he’s had a long time out, the irony is he broke his leg at Ipswich and now he’s back there playing his best football again, I know he’s really enjoying it again, I’ve seen him twice, he’s someone who can play wide left, wide right and also in behind the striker and is someone who can bring something different

I tried to sign him when I was Ipswich manager, I met him but somebody paid him more money

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[McCarthy rules out Republic of Ireland stay beyond Euro 2020] You know the situation. I’ve just said no. Hopefully we qualify for the Euros and it [the succession plan] will be seen as a really good decision.

[McCarthy gave five players their international debuts against Bulgaria] Ultimately the result pleased me the most. Josh Cullen deserved man of the match – he was excellent. Alan Browne was also excellent. I loved James Collins’ performance when he came on. Jack Byrne lit the place up with his forward passing and created two goals.

[However, with first-choice left-back Enda Stevens suspended for Ireland’s trip to Georgia, McCarthy will ask the Stoke City defender to step in] Stephen might tell me to get lost and he is retired. But if I want him, he might just put his boots on one more time. James McClean is probably one of the best options if I don’t have a recognised left-back. Hourihane had no chance at left-back ever. I played him to give him 65 minutes

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher backed to shine against Arsenal by McCarthy] I’ve been speaking to him, messaging him, and he’s quite confident, I think, that he’s going to be OK. I think you’ll find the last one I picked, Shay Given, did all right. If I pick him, I have faith in him. I don’t question their age, if I do pick them, they have to go out and play, and I trust them to play.

Arsenal is a big game, that’s the reason I put him in. He played in the last League Cup tie and I was aware that he might play in this one. Alan Kelly likes him but, equally, he is not playing every week.

He’s playing behind that Liverpool team as well and I’m not sure how much work he’ll get. He might get a bit more work playing for us!

[Although Kelleher finds himself behind both Alisson and Adrian in the pecking order at Anfield, Reds assistant boss Pepijn Lijnders has confirmed that the plan is for the Irishman to feature for the duration of the club’s Carabao Cup run] In this League Cup, it is Caoimhín’s competition. As I said before the MK Dons game, with youth development, with these moments when they are in between the U23s and the first team, consistency is very important. He had a good game and he is preparing for another one

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Ireland make early Kenny appointment as McCarthy steps down] The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect. The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship play-offs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mick McCarthy’s contract was due to expire on July 31 after the UEFA Euro 2020 finals, with Stephen initially scheduled to step up from his Under-21 team role on August 1.

This move allows Stephen Kenny time to plan for the European Championship play-off semi-final against Slovakia later in the year

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[McCarthy breaks silence after stepping down from Ireland post] I’m only doing what my contract says, I’m stepping down. There are things that are affecting other people far more than me. Yes, I’m bitterly disappointed I don’t get the chance to take us to the Euros in Dublin in 2021. But I’m also so pragmatic about it – I knew about it and that’s it. I’ve got no games now, so the sensible thing is to let Stephen take over so he can start his planning for Slovakia

[When asked if he plans to return to the touchline after the coronavirus crisis subsides, McCarthy made it clear that he is not yet considering retirement, despite his advancing years] Absolutely, I want to get back into it. I’m not packing it in. I’m 61, not 71!

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Chris Wilder backed for Premier League manager of the year] Chris Wilder. Brilliant. The way his teams play is fabulous, real attacking football. He has been the standout for me for a while. I know the manager of the year is generally the one who wins the league, but he’s doing a far better job than Jurgen Klopp. He hasn’t spent £100-200 million

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy reflects on his managerial career so far] When you score in the last minute and you win, when that goal goes in, that euphoria, and that camaraderie that you have with your coaches and your staff and the players, when you dig something out of a lost cause and you end up equalising […] you’ll never emulate those things in your life

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy says Declan Rice decision to play for England ‘went down like a lead balloon’] It went down like a lead balloon because he’d played three games, I think, and he’d scored and I think he kissed the jersey! Players have a choice over which [country] they play for now. There’s another discussion: if you’ve played once, if it’s a friendly game at full international, should that be you down as an Irish player, an English player or a Scottish player, whoever it might be? I think it should, once you’ve played in the national team. But if you have got a choice, which he had, he played his games, he got in the West Ham team, he started flying …

I went to see him and his dad and I have to be honest, I didn’t say it publicly at the time, I didn’t think he was going to come with us. I think he was erring on the side of playing with England. I said to him at the time, I was pretty curt with him on the phone and I had to ring him back and say, ‘Look, I’m sorry, I wish you well, I hope you have a good career with England and West Ham, good look to you’. Because it’s his choice. He had never played for me, it was just that I was so disappointed that we were losing such a good player

2020 07 11 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy, who was captain of Ireland when they reached the World Cup quarter-finals at Italia 1990 and who took over from Jack Charlton as Ireland manager six years later] I loved the bones of the man, I am devastated with this news and my heart goes out to Pat and the family. English fans will always remember Jack as one of their World Cup winners in 1966 but what he did with Ireland will, I suspect, mean even more to our fans and the country. He turned a really good team into a team that qualified for tournaments and made an impact at them. He changed my life, he changed everything for all of us who played for Ireland and just look at the memories we have. We will always have Stuttgart and Genoa and Giants Stadium thanks to Jack. That’s how we will remember him, with a great big smile on his face. I know this is a sad day but we will remember the great days as well

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Mick McCarthy on Jack Charlton: He trusted me, had faith in me] My memories of Jack, and everybody has a story about him, is of a friend. I first met Jack at a pub called the Red Lion in Rockley, Yorkshire. He was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday and I was playing for Barnsley. I’d see him in there fairly regularly. Whenever he walked in, he’d always cause a stir. He wasn’t happy when I got him involved in my round. I bought him one pint and he had to buy eight! He wasn’t pleased. We would play pool together and he was always great fun

When I played pool with him all those years ago, did I think of him as a friend? It’s difficult because he was such as authority in the game. When I played for him, we got even closer. He was a pal - not just my manager. Look, he told me what to do and I did it. And he’d have left me out like anyone else. More recently, if he ever came down to do something in the London area, he’d ring me up and ask if he could stay at mine. I’d say ‘yeah, of course’. He’d ask if I can pick him up from the station. I’d say ‘yeah, of course.’ He’d ask if I could take him for a pint, I’d say ‘yeah, of course.’ He was my pal. Andy Townsend sent me something through the other day, and I replied: ‘I loved the man.’ And he messaged me back ‘So did I’. I will remember above anything else and all the other stories, somebody who had faith in me, who trusted me, and was a friend.

[Former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley had been tipped to be offered the job ahead of Charlton, who had just endured a difficult spell with home-town club Newcastle] He called up about 30 players in his first squad for a game against Wales in 1986. I’d met him at a PFA event and he called me and asked if I’d like to join up. We had a coaching session one day at Leeds United’s training ground near Elland Road. That, for me, was where he put his marker down about how he wanted to play. We discussed the style of play. I hear about gegenpressing in today’s game. There are many ways of doing it. We’d put the ball in the opposition half, close them down, get the ball back - and with most international teams playing with a back three, Jack told us to knock it down the sides and we’d get the ball. He said some of the teams were so arrogant and think they’re so clever that they won’t just kick the ball out, they’ll try and play their way out. That’s when we’d set the traps, nick the ball off them, and play in their half. We worked at it and whether some loved it or loathed it, we became a really good team. Previously, we’d had good players - but we didn’t have a good team. We’d gone close in qualifying once or twice previously. Jack made us a hard-to-beat unit. Before Jack arrived, players would come over before games and then go and stay with their parents somewhere in Ireland. It was fragmented. He said that once you’d joined in with the squad, you stayed in. We’d all go to the cinema on a Monday night and at first there were a few grumbles at that. It was interesting what Jack’s managers said about him. Sir Alf Ramsey said he didn’t necessarily want the best players - he wanted the best team. When I look back now, Jack clearly believed that. I certainly wasn’t among the best players but he trusted me, had faith in me - and gave me the captaincy further down the line.

They didn’t take to him at first. It wasn’t widely accepted that he should have got the job - Bob Paisley was in for it, and many felt he should have it. Then we had that great qualifying campaign for Euro ‘88. Gary Mackay scores the winner for Scotland against Bulgaria in our group and we’re through. That changed everything. When I was first called up, I looked around the dressing room at the quality of the centre-backs and thought I’d be deliriously happy to get 10 caps. I wasn’t under-playing myself - I was just aware of the talent around me. Jack just saw something in me. If he said to me ‘We’re doing this,’ I made sure it got done. It was the happiest eight years of my life - between 1986 and 1994. I think if you asked any of the other lads, they’d say the same. Jack got it tactically, he had his football knowledge and we all respected that. He said do this and do that. We did, and we won. That side was sorted. But it was his huge personality that made it a joy to be coming in. You’d always have a laugh with him. Nothing was deadly serious except when we got down to the football. He was such a warm character. You’d always get a big handshake and hug off him. You could sit and have a pint with him and chat about anything. It wasn’t always about football. He would be sitting at the back of the bus playing cards with the lads - interacting with them. He hated losing. We loved him. He never, ever mentioned his football achievements. He was quite humble about that. In fact, we never asked him. He was Jack Charlton - World Cup winner. Since winning the World Cup, he’d managed Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle. England was in the past and he left it there. We knew what he’d done. That’s some testimony to what he was. I never saw him turn a photo or an autograph down. Sometimes you’d see two kids on the bus when we were about to go training and you’d wonder why they were there. He’d say they wandered down with their dads, so I thought I’d invite them to watch us train. Jack was very approachable and loved by everyone

[It was in the comparative confines of tournament football where McCarthy felt Charlton excelled with his man-management] He didn’t make things too serious. We were there in Germany in 1988 feeling we could do well, but he didn’t put any pressure on us and we were so relaxed. If we’d been training hard, he’d let us go for a beer and socialise. He used to make tactical tweaks. Against England, he told the defenders to run at Peter Beardsley when he got the ball, to make him change direction. Jack didn’t dress it up as a lecture. It was just a tiny detail designed to stop him setting up chances for his team-mates. And we won the game.

In 1990, things were a little bit different. I could see some tension in Jack and in some of the squad because we were now expected to do well. The World Cup in Italy was a better tournament for us. I’m not sure we played better football. We got the 1-1 draw with England, then played the horrible goalless draw with Egypt which we got stick for. Looking back, it was deserved. That set us up to play Holland. We got a 1-1 draw against them. It was a great evening and that put us through to the next round. Jack expected his players to possess quality. He also wanted hard work, discipline and above all wanted us to be a team. That’s how he made his own career.

It’s probably one of the most stupid things I ever decided to do. Trying to follow Jack? He’d just qualified for tournaments in 1988, 1990 and 1994! The players had been celebrated by the Irish public as part of those first two campaigns. The only way I could mess it up is if I’d gone back and managed the team. I got Jack’s blessing, though. I got words of encouragement and I always had his support. I ended up loving that job and it went wonderfully well. He told me he would never speak about me or the job in interviews, unless it was to speak positively - and I was eternally grateful for that. I heard a guy on the radio who was a 16-year-old at the time of Italia ‘90. He said it lifted the spirits of the nation. It lifted the country commercially and financially. It was a tough time in Ireland back then. When I say that it’s almost as if I’m patting myself and the other lads on the back, and I’m not. We were lucky to be part of it