Mick McCarthy set to turn down Kaiser Chiefs and other foreign job offers

Mick McCarthy says he's received job offers from Australia, Israel and South Africa. Photo: PA

Mick McCarthy says he's received job offers from Australia, Israel and South Africa. Photo: PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Former Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is set to turn down a host of foreign job offers – including one from South African side Kaiser Chiefs – and wait for something that appeals in England.

McCarthy, whose five-and-a-bit-year reign at Portman Road ended with a dramatic walk out last month, revealed on Danny Baker’s BBC Radio 5Live show that he had been contacted by clubs from Australia, South Africa and Israel.

It’s since been reported, by Kickoff.com, that Kaiser Chiefs are the South African club who have made an approach.

“They all kind of appeal to me to get back into work, but no, it’s a bit far,” said McCarthy, before adding: “I would love to get back in the Premier League at some stage.”

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Two of McCarthy’s former clubs are currently on the look-out for a new boss.


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His hometown club of Barnsley, where he started his playing career, recently sacked Jose Morais following relegation to League One, while Sunderland – the club he led to the Championship title as manager in 2004/05 – sacked Chris Coleman after sinking into the third-tier.

McCarthy has previously been linked to the West Brom vacancy, with the Baggies now preparing for life in the Championship, as well as Leeds United – the club he supported as a boy – following reports Paul Heckingbottom is under pressure.

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Speaking after his Ipswich exit was announced at the end of March, he said: “Oh for sure (I’m ready for another job). That is not in doubt at all.

“If it comes up in the summer then fine, I’m ready to go, but if it comes up in October or November during silly season, when somebody wants a safe pair of hands, then I’m ready.”

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