MICK McCARTHY has sent a clear message to the FAI about the vacant manager's job with the Republic by claiming that he'd “like to be asked”.
McCarthy remains the clear favourite to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni. But the fact that he is under contract with Ipswich until June 2015 is a major stumbling block as it means the FAI would have to pay the Championship side compensation, as happened with Millwall when the FAI hired McCarthy as team manager back in 1996.
“I'm not ruling myself in or out,” said McCarthy.
“It might be that I'd just like to be asked so I can say yes. It might be that I'd just like to be asked so I can say no. I haven't been asked. I love my job, I'm not asking for it, I'm not courting it, I'm not trying to do anything with it.”
The FAI stated last week that the two-man recruitment team of Ray Houghton and Ruud Dokter would report back to the board of management before the squad announcement for the November 19 friendly away to Poland.
With just over two weeks before a squad has to be named for that game, the FAI need to make a rapid decision on whether a new manager can be in place by then or whether they would need to get Noel King to manage the side again on an interim basis.