Mick McCarthy set to be named Irish manager

Mick McCarthy is believed to have agreed to become Republic of Ireland manger for the second time.

Since the departure of Martin O’Neill earlier this week, McCarthy and Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny were the front runners to take over.

But several Irish news outlets have reported that the FAI have made their move by offering McCarthy a two-year contract, with an option for a further two years.

The Association has acted swiftly and McCarthy, who is out of management since departing from Ipswich Town in March after six years in charge, looks set to lead Ireland into the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Terry Conor has worked as McCarthy’s assistant on numerous occasions.

McCarthy is expected to bring in Terry Connor, who worked with him at Wolves and Ipswich, as assistant manager and record cap holder Robbie Keane as part of his backroom.

Confirmation of McCarthy’s return is expected this weekend.

McCarthy first managed Ireland from 1996 to 2002 and led the country to the last 16 of the World Cup in his final year in charge but his reign was overshadowed by a row with Roy Keane in Saipan and he resigned after a poor start to Euro 2004 qualifying.

After leaving Ireland he had spells in charge of Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich.

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