Thursday 23 November 2017

Mick McCarthy open to international return

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MICK McCARTHY wants to return to management at Premier League level. And, long term, he fancies another crack at international football.

The 53-year-old has been out of work since his departure from Wolves earlier this year, and recently held discussions with Nottingham Forest about their top job.

However, he declined to take matters any further as he would like his next post to be in the top division.

"The primary reason is that I want to get a job in the Premier League," said McCarthy.

"Whether that's going to happen or not, I don't know, because there isn't an awful lot of jobs going, of course, and it's not really a sacking league -- well, it's got better that way.

"I'd also just moved out of the West Midlands, and I thought it would be wrong to go back and just take a club, especially a club like Nottingham Forest, which has a great history, for the sake of taking the club. I don't think anyone deserves that.

"We'll see what comes up. They all know I'm unemployed. There might be a club abroad that I might like."

The prospect of a second stint with Ireland has been consistently floated, and McCarthy was wary of discussing that topic, especially with Giovanni Trapattoni under pressure after a difficult Euro 2012.

"I'd say I would consider it (international football) again and that's not necessarily here because South Korea approached me a few years back; that job was mine, but I turned it down," he said.

"I've had a number of enquiries as to whether I'd be interested in international jobs. But now, I want to be at a club, that's where I want to be."

McCarthy feels that Ireland have landed a very difficult group in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers, particularly as Trapattoni may be facing a transitional phase as regards personnel. He doesn't envy the Italian.

"You've got one friendly before you are back into (competitive) football," he said.

"The only way he can get to see the younger ones play in international football is to put them in the team.

"But if you put them in, you'll have one side saying he shouldn't, and another saying he should have kept the older ones who got them qualified.

"Germany will win the group. I'm not being defeatist, I'm a pragmatist. I think we would take second place in the group."

Irish Independent

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