Mick McCarthy is leaving Ipswich Town in the summer, but may not have too long a wait for his next role.
The former Ireland manager has jumped to the top of the bookies’ list of favourites to succeed Alan Pardew at West Bromwich Albion, and Sky Sports have alleged that the man himself is very open to the possibility of moving to the Hawthorns ahead of next season.
The report suggests that McCarthy believes that he can spearhead the Baggies’ promotion push from the Championship next year, with their relegation from the Premier League this season looking like an inevitability at this stage.
The owners are believed to be worried that the fans might not take to him due to his previous role in charge of rivals Wolves, but McCarthy would no doubt strive to allay those doubts by pointing to how Aston Villa have responded to Steve Bruce as their manager despite his previous links with Birmingham City.
McCarthy has previous experience of leading teams to promotion, having achieved the feat with Wolves and Sunderland, but was not able to repeat the feat at Portman Road. He is widely considered to have done a fine job at Ipswich, however, leading the Tractor Boys to three top-ten finishes in four full seasons in charge. As it stands this year, the side are in 12th place in the Championship table, way off the pace in the playoff hunt but in no danger of relegation either.
Other reported names in the frame for the Hawthorns job include Michael Appleton, Derek McInnes, Chris Wilder and Nigel Pearson. First team coach Darren Moore will, however, likely remain in the job in an interim basis until the end of the season as West Brom slide into the second tier for the first time since 2010.