Sunday 20 October 2019

'It won't have any bearing on the players' - Mick McCarthy says FAI controversy won't hurt qualification campaign

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MICK MCCARTHY says that the uncertainty around Irish football should have no impact on him or his players.

The Ireland manager has been following the drama that has enveloped the game here from afar, although he opted against tuning into the FAI's date at the Dail.

John Delaney - the man who appointed McCarthy for a second stint - has now stepped aside from the FAI and the Abbotstown authorities are planning for the future without the ex-CEO.

Fears have been expressed about the cashflow situation at the FAI but McCarthy said today that he cannot talk about a situation like that 'until it comes to fruition...I can read all sorts.'

"I've kept up to date with it," said McCarthy.

"I've read bits and pieces of it. But I live in England so I've been immune to some of it. It won't have any bearing on the players.

"I’ll turn up and we’ll go to Portugal (in May), and unless someone tells me we can’t go for financial reasons or we can’t play here (Aviva Stadium) because they’ve shut it: who’s going to tell me that?

"I am going to continue to do the job I’ve been employed to do and I’ll continue doing it in the way I do it."

The Barnsley man does not anticipate that Delaney's exit from the FAI stage will have any bearing on his own standing.

"I work for the FAI," he continued.

"There’s not been one boss, there’s been 11 people on the board who were party to my being employed. If one of them leaves, I’m still employed by the FAI Board. The Board are still there and operating so I’m being employed by them.

"I worked closely with him (Delaney) during the first stint, I’ve only been here since 1 December.

"My contact with John has been minimal. I’ve spoken to him on the phone, of course, and any issues we’ve had - not issues, any things that need to be discussed and if I’ve anywhere to go, to support any initiatives like this - but that’s for the FAI. It’s not John, it’s the FAI.

The Irish boss was asked about the prospect of his former teammate Niall Quinn coming in as CEO.

"He's been involved in the administration of football but I'll leave it to other people to decide who it's going to be," he said. "I would support whoever gets it, just like I supported John."

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