FAI chief executive says Mick McCarthy will be considered for vacant Republic of Ireland job

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is on a list of people that will be considered for the vacant Republic of Ireland job, says FAI chief executive John Delaney.

Giovanni Trapattoni left the position by ‘mutual consent’ this morning, last night’s defeat to Austria ending Ireland’s chances of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

McCarthy was capped 57 times by Ireland as a player and enjoyed five memorable years as their manager, taking them to the second round of the 2002 World Cup where they lost on penalties to Spain.

Some bookmakers have the Town manager as the 10-1 second favourite to replace Trapattoni, with the currently-out-of-work Martin O’Neill odds-on to get the job at 4-5. Leeds boss Brian McDermott and former Town manager Roy Keane are also listed.

Speaking to Irish radio station Newstalk, Delaney said: “What we’ll do is take stock of the decision that has arisen today and over the next week or so we’ll discuss the process for the appointment of the new Irish manager.”

Asked whether McCarthy, who was previously in charge of Ireland between 1996 and 2002, ex-Blues boss Roy Keane and others would be in the running, Delaney added: “I don’t think I’ll comment on any individual, but we will have a job description as to who we want to manage the Irish team over the next number of years.

“I think names like Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill, all of those names would come into the pot.

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“I wouldn’t want to comment on any individual person about chances. I know Mick has done a very good job for Ireland in the past, there’s no doubt about that, and he’s done a very good job in England as well.”

Delaney expects lots of potential candidates will come forward: “I think there’ll be plenty of interest because 24 teams go to the next European Championships, that’s a big change so the chances of qualification are a lot higher.

“I think it’s genuinely accepted that we have a good crop of young players available and the monetary incentive towards the role has been good, particularly over the last number of years, and I think the knowledge of the Irish job throughout Europe, through the appointment of Trapattoni, has created an interest in managing the Irish team.

“I think those three of four factors make it an attractive job and it will be interesting over the period to see who puts their best foot forward.”

McCarthy has previously refused to discuss speculation that his Ipswich Town contract includes a clause which would allow him to leave if the Irish FA came calling again. In an interview last December he said: “I love the club management, the day-to-day involvement with players and everything that goes with it but yes I do see myself going back (into international management) if I get the opportunity.

“That is not necessarily to the Republic of Ireland – other international jobs would appeal to me. I think it is a great challenge, great working at that level and I really enjoyed it when I did, but for now I love being at Ipswich.”