Saturday 16 December 2017

'Flattered' Mick McCarthy fuels Aston Villa speculation

Mick McCarthy (Harry Engels/Getty Images)
Mick McCarthy (Harry Engels/Getty Images)

John Fallon

Mick McCarthy has fuelled rumours linking him with the Aston Villa job by revealing he's a worthy candidate for the vacancy.

The Ipswich Town boss is third favourite for the post which will have a job description that's right up his street - gain promotion to the Premier League.

McCarthy has guided both Sunderland and Wolves out of the Championship during his managerial career and got his current club into last season's play-offs on a shoestring budget.

Villa, doomed to relegation and without a boss after parting company with Remi Garde this week, are looking to rebuild after a disastrous campaign in the top flight.

McCarthy's odds of leading the club next season were slashed from 50/1 to 5/1 yesterday as former players such as Paul Merson supported his candidacy.

The former Ireland boss did little to dampen speculation despite being contracted to Ipswich until 2018.


"It is flattering," he said about the reported interest from Villa. "If the remit is for somebody that can get teams promoted, then I've got a pretty good CV for that, haven't I?

"It's interesting, isn't it? Maybe people who are not involved in the club that you're at look from the outside and think, 'Hmm, you know what? Maybe he is doing a good job'.

"Don't even think that I'm not ambitious, that I'm settled here and I want to just be here doing what I'm doing and trying to get in the play-offs.

"I'd like to get promoted, and be in the Premier League again, however that might be. But my focus is doing this job."

Asked if he's worth a bet, the 57-year-old was circumspect in his response. "I'm going to play against Wolves on Saturday and that's it."

Elsewhere, the FAI last night confirmed that Castlebar Celtic have withdrawn from the Women's National League.

One of the founding members of the League, the Co Mayo club reached the FAI Women's Cup Final in 2013 - narrowly losing to Raheny United after extra-time - and were also runners-up in the WNL Cup on two occasions.

However, the club is unable to field the required number of players to fulfil their remaining fixtures this season.

Therefore, each of their results in the 2015/'16 season have now been expunged.

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