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The Boss: Mick McCarthy in Profile

By TownFans.co.uk
November 1 2012

New Ipswich town manager Mick McCarthy is unveiled during the press conference at Portman Road, Ipsw

Mick McCarthy was appointed as manager of Ipswich Town on 1st November 2012 signing a three year contract, replacing Paul Jewell who left the role on 24th October 2012.

After a playing career spanning some 500 games, Barnsley born McCarthy's first role in management was at London club Millwall starting 1992. At the Lions, his finest achievements were arguably the third place finish he achieved in the 1993-1994 season which unfortunately saw his side lose in the play-off's and missing out on promotion to the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland job came calling in February 2006, where McCarthy took over from former boss Jack Charlton. Despite not being able to qualify for the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships, qualification for the 2002 World Cup was achieved. 

A very public falling out with Roy Keane occured just before the start of the finals, that left many in Ireland divided over which side to support. Despite this however McCarthy still managed to lead Ireland to the knockout stages of the finals, but were ultimately beat in the second round by Spain on penalties.

Irelands mamnager Mick McCarthy consoles Matt Holland after the penalty shoot out

Much of the criticism that was aimed at McCarthy following the falling out with Keane dogged him for the rest of his time as manager and some poor results led to the former defender decidiing to call it a day and resign from his post in November 2002.

McCarthy returned to management in March 2003 at Sunderland, who look destined for the drop from the Premiership. Whilst Mick was unable to prevent relegation that season, in his first campaign in the First Division he managed a play-off finish, whilst in 2004/2005 Sunderland were promoted as champions. 

Life in the Premiership was to prove difficult however upon promotion and following a season long battle against relegation, McCarthy was dismissed in March 2006. In an ironic twist, the next manager to be appointed by the club would be former nemesis Roy Keane.

Mick McCarthy, Wolverhampton Wanderers manager

Wolves would be the next destination for McCarthy, who took up the post in July 2006. Despite being in a situation where he had to almost fully rebuild the squad, his first season brought a finish in the play-offs which the Midlands club were not able to win, with his second season involving a 7th place finish just outside the play-offs. 

2008/2009 did see the holy grail of promotion however, with Wolves winning the Championship, in a season which they topped the league for 42 out of 46 games. The first season in the Premiership saw a 15th place finish for Wolves and the second season saw a more tough battle against relegation in which the club finished 17th.

The following season of 2011/2012 proved even tougher for McCarthy, as despite winning the first two games of the campaign, the club were to go on a run of nine games without a win during the season, which ultimately saw McCarthy sacked in February 2012 after five and a half years at the club.

Town's Former Bosses
Click here for a list of former Ipswich Town managers since the club turned professional.  

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