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MEETING MICK

1 November 2012

We take a look at the highs and lows from Mick McCarthy's career

Mick McCarthy has been named as the new manager of Ipswich Town, signing a contract until 2015.

The former defender began his career with hometown club Barnsley, going on to become a mainstay in the Tykes’ defence during his six year stint, making 272 appearances.

Mick then moved on from Oakwell and joined Manchester City, again forcing his way into the starting line-up and featuring just shy of 150 times for City during four years at Maine Road.

Later on in his career, Mick went on to turn out for Celtic, Lyon and Milwall, before getting his first break into football management with the Lions.

He was named as Millwall manager in 1992, originally as player/manager after taking over from Bruce Rioch.

The Republic of Ireland international- he earned 57 caps as a player- lead the Lions into the Play-Offs in 1994, before losing to Derby in the semi-finals.

After impressing as Millwall boss, he was approached by the FAI and eventually took over from Jack Charlton as the Republic of Ireland manager in 1996.

Mick was a huge success with the National team and guided the Green Army to the 2002 World Cup, held in Japan and Korea. Ireland were eventually knocked out by Spain on penalties in the knockout stages, with former Town skipper Matt Holland playing a key role.

Next stop for Mick saw him check in at Sunderland, becoming their manager in 2003. He led the Black Cats back into the Premier League in 2005 as Championship winners, amassing an impressive 94 points.

The experienced manager was then replaced at the Stadium of Light by future Town boss Roy Keane, before being appointed in charge at Wolves in 2006.

The Irishman promised Premier League football at Molinuex within three years, which he duly delivered in 2009- leading Wolves to the Championship title as well as picking up the manager of the season award.

He then established Wolves as a Premier League club, before a run of defeats saw him dismissed by the Midlanders and his replacement- new Town assistant Terry Connor- also couldn’t stop Wolves from being relegated.

Mick is back in football with Town now though and looking to bring the good times back to Portman Road.

 

 

 

                                               


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