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Paul McGrath Calls For Mick McCarthy To Be Named Irish Boss

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Ireland legend Paul McGrath has given his take on the vacant managerial position for the country’s national football team.

Yesterday came the news that the Irish management duo of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane had both resigned from their positions.

And while there were tributes aplenty, the focus has slowly turned towards speculating over the identity of the manager who will take the reins next.


According to the legendary retired footballer Paul McGrath, the choice is simple.

Speaking during a recent interview on Classic Hits FM, the former Manchester United and Aston Villa man explained why he believes that McCarthy is the man for the job.

“I would love to see Mick McCarthy coming back.

“I played along-side Mick for a number of years and he was hilarious as a human being as well and he was a bully on the pitch which helped Ireland as well.”

Mick is, of course, fondly remembered for guiding Ireland to the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup in a campaign that is still held in the highest esteem within the country’s sporting history.

According to McGrath, the additional appointment of Ireland’s top goalscorer of all-time Robbie Keane in any capacity would be one that would serve only to add to what McCarthy would be able to do at the helm.

“Robbie Keane back in any sort of shape or form with the Irish team would be magnificent.

“If he can bring his coaching knowledge that he’s learning, and be connected with Mick somehow and bring it on board and just get Ireland moving again.”

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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