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Mac fancies international gig

MICK McCARTHY will one day go back into international management - but the new Ipswich Town boss is looking further afield than Ireland.

Hired by the Tractor Boys after nine months kicking his heels, McCarthy sees an international job for himself at some point in the future.

"I love the club management, the day-to-day involvement with players and everything that goes with it," said McCarthy.

"But I do see myself going back into international management if I get the opportunity. That is not necessarily to Ireland. Other international jobs would appeal to me."

McCarthy believes that Ireland are on course to challenge for a qualification spot in World Cup, Group C.

"They have done what they had to do. They have won the two games they had to win against Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands.

"They lost to Germany. It wasn't a great performance but losing to Germany is no great sin," claimed McCarthy.

"In Giovanni Trapattoni they have got a guy who gets results. The results he is expected to get and should get, he gets."

Luiz Felipe Scolari has taken over as coach of 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil, returning for a second stint to lead his country's bid to win a sixth world title on home soil in little more than 18 months' time.

The man known as Big Phil replaces Mano Menezes, who was sacked last Friday.