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Mick McCarthy On Potentially Consulting With Martin O’Neill

The newly-appointed Ireland manager Mick McCarthy spoke to the media today during his official unveiling in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

McCarthy touched a myriad of topics and in general seemed to be in good spirits Рfirst explaining to why the opportunity to manage Ireland again was one that was too good to turn down.

Taking the reins from the now-former manager Martin O’Neill, McCarthy explained why he isn’t going to consult with the man he is replacing straight off of the bat – citing his experience has a reason for trusting in his own wits for now.

“I might let that sit for a while. I’m old enough and wise enough to make my own assessments.

“I’ve done it with players in the past when I’ve been scouting players. I ring somebody up for an opinion and maybe I haven’t signed them because of that opinion when maybe I should have done – I’ve been put off.”

“I’ll be looking at the games gone past and I’ll be watching our opponents as soon as I know who they are. I know he will be, Martin will be feeling a bit raw, so I’ll leave him alone.”

As for any possible interaction with O’Neill’s right-hand man Roy Keane, McCarthy admitted it unlikely, given their history.

“You’re probably right, I won’t be speaking to Roy.”

Mick McCarthy enters the role of manager in a lacklustre time for Irish football. However, one would have to assume that his appointment will at least inject both the squad and the fans with a kick as we move closer to the nation’s next qualifying campaign.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]