Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says signing World Cup players can be a risky business

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has turned down the chance to work for the media at the World Cup, in Brazil, next month.

The Blues boss will be keeping a close eye on proceedings in South America, although he admits that the tournament is not always the best place from which to snare new players.

Speaking to the club website, the former Republic of Ireland boss, who led his team to the second round in 2002, as well as reaching the quarter-finals as a player in 1990, said: “All the Premier League managers and scouts will be going out to Brazil or watching the games on TV,” McCarthy said.

“They won’t be looking to pick up the top players from countries like Italy, Germany and France, they will be looking at other countries that are under the radar and they might see a player they like.

“The World Cup will have a bearing on how Premier League managers look at their squads for next season and it will also have a knock-on effect on who they might let go – either permanently or on loan.

“Some managers down the years have made monumental muck-ups in signing players after World Cups though.

“You see players playing for their country and sometimes they play way above what they normally do. Obviously they would have done well to get to that level and then they go and have a great World Cup.

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“Then they come to England and you wonder what happens. That has happened to a lot of players. I don’t think the World Cup is the best place to judge them.”

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