Championship strugglers Stoke City and Millwall are both interested in Irish manager Mick McCarthy, however, he is fully committed to his job with the Boys in Green.
McCarthy took over the national team for the second time at the end of last year and has overseen an unbeaten start to 2019, with Ireland winning four and drawing two of their opening six games and topping their Euro 2020 qualifying group.
This impressive start to life back in international management has sparked interest from two club sides currently struggling in the Championship; Stoke City and Millwall.
The Potters sit bottom of the table, with just two points from their opening 10 games and numerous reports have stated that manager Nathan Jones is set to be sacked, with the club already on the lookout for replacements.
Millwall recently parted ways with their manager Neil Harris with the club sitting 18th in the Championship table and are in need of a replacement as soon as possible.
As first reported by Laurie Whitwell in The Athletic, Pundit Arena can confirm that Stoke City’s interest is real with sources also outlining that McCarthy’s old club Millwall have touched base on a possible return.
Pundit Arena understands however that there is no interest in either job from McCarthy’s end, with the Irish boss fully committed to the job at hand with his country – despite knowing that it will come to the end after Euro 2020.
The lure of a return to club management may have been tempting for McCarthy, given the expiry date on his current role, but sources confirmed that he is loving managing Ireland and that he is not interested in any distractions with two crucial qualifiers coming up.
This is not the first time Stoke City have tried to prize away the manager of the Irish national team, with their 2018 interest in Martin O’Neill leading to the former Nottingham Forest boss signing a contract extension with The Boys in Green.
With both clubs seemingly in a relegation fight, it’s evident as to why they would want McCarthy, who worked wonders in keeping former club Ipswich Town in the Championship on a relative shoestring budget as well as bringing solidity back to the Irish setup.
The two will have to look elsewhere for the remedy, however, as McCarthy continues to prepare for Ireland’s crucial upcoming qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland knowing that two positive results will go a very long way in their quest for Euro 2020 qualification.