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The current Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire in 1959. This is the second time he has held this position as he resided over the team from 1996-2002.

A defender in his playing days, McCarthy was a more cultured and sophisticated player than his agricultural management style might suggest. He played for five clubs in three different countries over a 15 years career during which he made over 500 senior league appearances as well as representing his country 57 times between 1984 and 1997.

He began his sporting education in his native town of Barnsley where he rose through the ranks of the academy system before finally turning professional at the age of 18 in 1977. Barnsley, who then occupied the Fourth Division of English football (later rebranded as League 2) clearly noticed McCarthy's superb defensive qualities and leadership characteristics from a young - after making his debut on the first day of the 1977/1978 season, he would go on to play 49 more games in all competitions in a campaign which saw them promoted to the third tier. Following this semi-miraculous promotion, McCarthy became an increasingly significant figure at the heart of the Barnsley defence and, two seasons later, they were promoted again, this time to the Second Division.

After two seasons in the second tier, McCarthy was approached by fellow North West club Manchester City who then were playing alongside Barnsley in the second-tier. McCarthy accepted their proposal and joined them at the mid-point of the 1983/1984 campaign. The following year, in his first full season with the Sky Blues, Manchester City were promoted and Mick McCarthy got his first taste of top-flight football. He played in the First Division for two seasons before moving north of the border to Celtic.

With the Bhoys, McCarthy spent two campaigns and got his first taste of silverware as they triumphed in the Scottish Premier League in 1988, they won the Scottish Cup twice in his time there too.

A brief spell in France with Lyon followed. McCarthy made a handful of appearances before returning to England with Millwall in 1989. He managed three seasons at The Den before hanging up his boots.

Anyone following English football over the past 30 years will be familiar with McCarthy as a manager. Outspoken, pragmatic and with a tendency to ruffle feathers, McCarthy is definitely a member of the Old-School. He oversaw Millwall after he retired for four seasons before his spell with the Republic of Ireland. This was a spell which coincided with the now infamous World Cup-fallout with his Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane,

After leaving Ireland, McCarthy took charge of Sunderland where he got his first taste of silverware as a manager, winning the Championship in 2004/2005. After three seasons in the North East, McCarthy moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers where he stayed for six years, winning the Championship again in the 2008/2009 season.

Since then he had an unsuccessful spell with Ipswich Town. Despite a relatively decent league position, Ipswich fans struggles to warm to McCarthy and demanded he be ousted. These were demands the board eventually gave way to and McCarthy was relieved of his duties at the back on the 2017/18 season. Ipswich were relegated the following season.

Now, McCarthy has been reinstated as manager of the Republic of Ireland and, under his stewardship, the side sit atop their qualifying group after five games giving them a strong chance of qualifying for the Euro 2020 of the tournament in June.


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