Mick McCarthy factfile
1959: Born Barnsley, February 7.
1977: Made league debut for Barnsley and played in every game of their then Division Four campaign, scoring one goal.
1983: Moved to Manchester City for £200,000 after 272 appearances and seven league goals for the Tykes. At the time it was the biggest transfer fee Barnsley had received.
1984: Made Republic of Ireland debut in 0-0 Lansdowne Road draw with Poland in May.
1987: City were relegated to Division Two and in May McCarthy joined Celtic after 140 league appearances and two goals for the Blues. Made Celtic debut against Hibernian on October 3 and helped the Hoops to the double, collecting Scottish League and Cup winners' medals.
1989: Picked up second successive Scottish Cup winners' medal after 1-0 final win over Rangers.
1989: Joined French club Lyon.
1990: In March, returns to England and makes Millwall debut at Luton before completing a £500,000 move in May. Played in all Ireland's matches in final stages of World Cup as the Republic reached the quarter-finals before bowing out to hosts Italy.
1991: Succeeded Bruce Rioch as Millwall player-manager in March and made last appearance for the club against Southend in final match of season. Played in 35 league games, scoring two goals, for the Lions.
1992: In June, won last of 57 Republic caps in 2-0 victory over Portugal in Boston.
1994: Steered Millwall to third place in Division One but missed out on promotion to the Premiership when beaten 2-0 on aggregate by Derby in play-off semi-final.
1995: Engineered FA Cup victories over Premiership sides Arsenal and Chelsea before bowing out to QPR. Also beat Nottingham Forest to reach fifth round of Coca-Cola Cup before losing to Swindon. Revival in league form during second half of season boosted Millwall's Division One finishing position to 12th.
1996: Took Millwall to top of Division One before slump in form saw them drop into mid-table. Appointed Jack Charlton's successor as Republic of Ireland manager on February 5.
1997: November - Guides side to brink of qualifying for World Cup finals in France 98, but Republic are beaten 3-2 by Belgium in play-off.
December 2 - Handed new contract to manage Republic until the European Championship finals in Belgium and Holland in 2000.
2001: Ireland qualify for World Cup with Portugal, at the expense of Holland.
2002: May - Ireland skipper Roy Keane leaves Far East before World Cup starts, following blazing row with McCarthy after the Manchester United midfielder's criticism of Ireland's facilities.
June 16 - After qualifying from Group E with Germany, Ireland's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals end in a penalty shoot-out with Spain.
June 17 - Agrees to stay on as manager of the Republic for a further two years, meaning he will remain in charge for the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign.
October - Linked with the manager's job at Sunderland but Howard Wilkinson ultimately fills the vacancy.
November 5 - Leaves his post as Republic of Ireland manager.
2003: March 12 - Appointed Sunderland manager.
May - Loses first nine Premiership games in charge as Sunderland are relegated from the top flight.
2004: May 17 - Loses to Crystal Palace on penalties in the Championship play-off semi-final.
2005: May - Promoted to Premiership as champions of the Coca-Cola Championship.
2006: March 7 - Sacked as Sunderland manager.
July 21 - Appointed manager of Wolves.
2007: Leads Wolves to the play-offs in his first season in charge but they lose in the semi-finals to local rivals West Brom.
2009: Leads Wolves to the Championship title.
2012: February 13 - After two successful battles against relegation from the Premier League, McCarthy is sacked the day after a 5-1 defeat at home to derby rivals West Brom sees them drop into the bottom three.