Saturday 24 February 2018

Mick McCarthy not surprised by Ireland link but thinks O'Neill is "nailed on"

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has said he is not surprised to have been linked to a return to as Irish manager but believes Martin O'Neill is the man for the job.

McCarthy has been given odds as low as 10/1 to replace Giovanni Trapattoni who parted company with Ireland on Wednesday after over five years in charge.

Speaking at a press conference today ahead of the Tractor Boys game with Middlesborough tomorrow, McCarthy said: “I’m not surprised (I’ve been linked) because I did a good job last time.

“But Martin O’Neill is getting the job as far as I’m aware. That’s totally nailed on, he’s a shoo-in for it.

“He’s ex-Celtic and is a damn good manager. My understanding is that he’s got the job. Good luck to him, I’m delighted.

“Martin O’Neill is out of work and he can walk straight into the job. I think he’s perfect for them."

McCarthy, who took over from Jack Charlton before leading Ireland to the 2002 World Cup, said that he was "exceptionally happy" at Ipswich and is looking forward to the next two games.

Mick McCarthy confirmed that he had an 'Ireland release clause' which would have allowed him to take over from Trap without the need for the FAI to pay Ipswich compensation but that expired in summer.

Asked what would he do if he was offered the job, he said: "My understanding is Martin has got it. I’m not looking for it and I prefer to make my decisions when somebody asks me the actual question, not when a journalist asks me a hypothetical question.

“What would I do? I haven’t got a bleeding clue.”

Ipswich Town's Luke Chambers admits it's no surprise to see Mick linked with the Ireland manager's job but the focus remains on Boro at the weekend.

"Our gaffer is going to get linked with jobs like that because he's a top, top manager," the former Nottingham Forest man told the Club website.

“When jobs become available I wouldn’t expect anything less than for him to be linked with most of them, because that’s how highly he’s rated by the players and by people in the game.

“You can see the impact that he’s made on the pitch here since he arrived but he’s also created a great environment off it and it’s a fantastic place to come into and work every day.

“So I’m not surprised to see his name in the running but he’s our manager and we’ve been working hard all week preparing for two important home games against Middlesbrough and Yeovil.”

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