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 – first 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