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MICK'S WORLD CUP WARNING

12 May 2014

Tournament is not the best place to judge players says boss as spotlight falls on Brazil

Mick McCarthy says the World Cup is not the best shop window to purchase players from. 

The Town boss, who has turned down the chance to work for the media in Brazil this summer, expects the Premier League clubs to wait until the World Cup is over before they finalise their squads for next season, leading to a knock-on effect for Championship clubs.    

“All the Premier League managers and scouts will be going out to Brazil or watching the games on TV,” Mick told the Club website as Roy Hodgson announced his 23 England players for this summer's extravaganza. 

“They won’t be looking to pick up the top players from countries like Italy, Germany and France, they will be looking at other countries that are under the radar and they might see a player they like. 

“The World Cup will have a bearing on how Premier League managers look at their squads for next season and it will also have a knock-on effect on who they might let go – either permanently or on loan. 

“Some managers down the years have made monumental muck-ups in signing players after World Cups though. 

“You see players playing for their country and sometimes they play way above what they normally do. Obviously they would have done well to get to that level and then they go and have a great World Cup. 

“Then they come to England and you wonder what happens. That has happened to a lot of players. I don’t think the World Cup is the best place to judge them.”  

Mick is in the elite group of men who have represented their country in the World Cup as player and manager. He was in the Republic of Ireland side that reached the quarter-finals in 1990 and led the Irish to the second round in 2002 before they were beaten by Spain on penalties.    


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