McCarthy to step down but o'shea stays on
There was mixed Irish news yesterday from the English Championship beat with Mick McCarthy agreeing to leave Ipswich Town and John O'Shea vowing to prolong his career.
Neither decision will take effect until the end of the season in May but does bring a sense of closure on both counts in the face of recent speculation.
McCarthy, who handed O'Shea the first of his 116 caps back in 2001, is the longest-serving manager in the Championship and avoided relegation in the full five campaigns on a shoestring budget. Ipswich look secure again in mid-table with eight games left.
This season, however, has seen the outspoken boss ship sustained flak from disgruntled home fans and he has agreed with owner Marcus Evans to part ways in the summer.
In contrast to reports which appeared in The Times Ireland edition this week, O'Shea will be soldiering on beyond his 37th birthday at the end of April. "I will sit down with Sunderland to talk about my future, and whether I'm playing here or somewhere else next season - there's no chance I'll call it a day," he asserted. It is unclear whether the defender will continue his Ireland career too.
Meanwhile, following four months out with ankle ligament damage, Ireland winger Callum O'Dowda made his comeback for Bristol City's U-23 side yesterday.