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McCarthy steadied ship but standing still has come at a very high cost for FAI

Aidan Fitzmaurice


 

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McCarthy: Slight drop in rankings. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

McCarthy: Slight drop in rankings. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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McCarthy: Slight drop in rankings. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The Ireland senior team is in a worse place today, compared to when Mick McCarthy took over.

That's not a snide assault on the record of the man who vacated his post, albeit with a €1.3 million pay-off to soothe that exit, over the weekend, but a statement of fact.

According to the FIFA world rankings, for all they are worth, the Irish side were ranked 33rd in the world (20th in Europe) at the time McCarthy was named manager at the end of 2018, that most brutal and dull of calendar years of international football.