Tuesday 22 January 2019

Mick McCarthy's Ireland set for training camp at top class facility in Algarve ahead of crucial summer qualifiers

John Fallon

Mick McCarthy could be bringing his Ireland squad to Portugal in late May for a training camp.

The new manager will have limited time to work with his players during his first assignment in March, the double-header of opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

However, he’ll have access to his personnel from mid-May ahead of the next meetings with Denmark (away) and Gibraltar (home) in early June.

The possibility of a training camp for an extended squad has been floated and it seems the Algarve is the preferred location.

McCarthy’s assistant Robbie Keane has today posted footage of his visit to a swish training base called “The Campus” in Quinta do Lago.

It is understood that McCarthy, who has a house in the Algarve, was also on the scouting trip.

The top-class resort, which has hosted football camps hosted by Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunne, includes football pitches, golf courses, tennis courts, aquatic centre, gym, a wellness centre and fleet of restaurants. 

Giovanni Trapattoni was the last Ireland manager to host a training camp in Portugal when he brought the squad there straight after being appointed in May 2008.

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