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Thursday 21 September 2017

McCarthy drops Irish boss hint!

FORMER Ireland boss Mick McCarthy says he'd love the chance to manage at international level again, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

McCarthy has been managing at club level for the past decade since his exit from the FAI, and he was offered a route back into the international scene when he was approached for the South Korea post.

But the Wolves boss has not ruled out taking charge of a national side once again, comments which will interest the FAI for the time when Giovanni Trapattoni eventually leaves his post with Ireland.

"It's a wonderful thing to do," he said. "I did it at 36 and that's a ridiculously young age to be doing it, but I was a success at it and I loved it. I enjoy being in the Premier League more to be honest but it's something I'd like to do again at some stage, another international job.

"I took it at a very young age and took the view I might never get the opportunity again. I took it and enjoyed it. I'd be better equipped to do it now, of course. But not now or in the near future."

McCarthy, meanwhile, was happy to silence the sections of the media, which he thinks are after his head, with a 1-1 draw at title contenders Tottenham on Saturday. McCarthy's men put in a resolute performance to leave White Hart Lane with a point, which began with Steven Fletcher putting his Wolves side ahead in the 22nd minute.

The former Sunderland boss claims parts of the media want to see him sacked and even went as far as to twist owner Steve Morgan's comments to make his situation more precarious.

He said: "Steve's comments did not offend me at all. I think they were twisted somewhat, as to me being under pressure.

"He actually didn't say that. Steve didn't give me glowing praise when we got promoted or stayed up and he's never ever given me criticism.

"The tide was stemmed at Sunderland when they got a new manager and the tide was stemmed at QPR with their new manager, so suddenly the water was starting to flow up the M6 and M40 to Wolves. It's b*******. Excuse me, but it is. It's just nonsense.

"But it's usual. (They) wanted a manager under pressure. They were desperate for one."

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