Wednesday 16 October 2019

McCarthy rules out talks to persuade FAI to extend deal


Mick McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Mick McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Mick McCarthy has no intention of trying to persuade the FAI to keep him on beyond Euro 2020 if he succeeds in bringing Ireland to the tournament.

McCarthy is due to be replaced by Stephen Kenny after Ireland's interest in the competition ends under the terms of a succession plan agreed when John Delaney was chief executive of the association.

The current Irish boss was asked yesterday if he would initiate discussions with the FAI to see if the arrangement could be altered.

Kenny has brought the U-21 side to the semi-finals of the Toulon Tournament - they play Brazil this afternoon - and the former Dundalk manager has a written agreement to take over the senior team.

"I'm not looking to do that, that's completely unfair," said McCarthy, when the idea of sitting down with the FAI was put to him.

"Stephen's been doing great with the U-21s. They are playing Brazil in the semi-final and to be asking me that question when there's an agreement in place that it's going to happen, that's not really completely nice.

"I haven't given it any thought. I've got four more games to try and qualify for Euro 2020 and I'm hoping that's going to be the case but if we get there and we do well and if that's my last of it, I would be delighted, I'm cool.

"That's my agreement at the moment, yeah."

Meanwhile, McCarthy reiterated that Patrick Bamford must make the next move if he's interested in playing for Ireland in September.

The door has been left open for Bamford to come into the fold, but the Leeds striker delayed a decision on his future until the end of the club season.

"I'm not going chasing any more," said McCarthy, "It was left on the back burner and I think that it's up to Patrick. If he wants to play, he's got to (pick up the phone)."

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