Published: Sat, November 24, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Mick McCarthy wants second spell in charge of Ireland

Mick McCarthy wants second spell in charge of Ireland

'I have got a group of players who have worked very hard to get into this division, and certainly that is where all my thoughts and concentrations are'.

McCarthy started his managerial career with Millwall and also managed Sunderland and Wolves after leaving the Republic of Ireland job.

"When you played with Ireland, you didn't really have that much coaching", Doherty revealed.

The FAI is hoping to make a swift appointment, with the draw for the Euro 2020 finals due to take place in Dublin on December 2.

It was against the Danes that Ireland's World Cup qualification campaign ended embarrassingly in November a year ago, as they were trounced 5-1 at home in the second leg of the play-offs having secured a 0-0 draw on the road.

Harte tweeted: 'Who is the best person to become manager of Ireland?

"Mick is proven at global level".

"The Irish fans have been a source of motivation to myself, the team and the whole backroom staff, embodying the passionate Irish spirit, and I thank them for their fervent support of the team", he added.

It follows a torrid 12 months for the former Leicester City, Celtic and Aston Villa manager who let Ireland to just one win in nine games over the course of 2018, with that solitary victory coming in a friendly against the United States.

"We just don't have enough quality players to compete at the top end of the worldwide game and that is especially the case in the attacking end of the team".

Pearse Doherty has called for the establishment of an all-Ireland football team. When asked about the supporters' negative reaction to his decision to substitute debutant Barry Cotter, he said: "I won't have to listen to that again, that's my last game".

"You'd have a few players thinking, "We are going to play this shape" or you might have someone else thinking "I think it might be this one".

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