McCarthy would consider international return

Mick McCarthy has admitted he would one day like to manage at international level again. Having led the Republic of Ireland between 1996 and 2002, McCarthy’s passion for world football has not diminished.

I love the club management, the day-to-day involvement with players and everything that goes with it but yes I do see myself going back if I get the opportunity. That is not necessarily to the Republic of Ireland – other international jobs would appeal to me,” McCarthy said.

The 53-year-old however confirmed that he was very happy with his current job at Ipswich Town, having been appointed in November with a mandate to stave off relegation. The Tractor Boys were bottom of the Championship when McCarthy came in, but currently sit 20th, five points clear of the drop zone.

McCarthy added: “I think [international football is] a great challenge, great working at that level and I really enjoyed it when I did, but for now I love being at Ipswich.

The former Ireland centre-back, winner of more than 50 caps in eight years as an international, revealed that life as an international manager is so hectic you do not have time to stop and worry about the number of people judging your every move – and it is not that different from club level.

If you stop and think about it like that then yes, but the reality is that you are thinking about your players, your team and winning games. Whether it is getting promoted, staying in a league or to qualify for a European Championship or World Cup you are effectively thinking about your team. But if you stop and think about it like that then it becomes a bigger job, but it comes down to managing the team.

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