McCarthy could be in charge of Bolton by Friday

Updated: October 10, 2012

Former Republic of Ireland captain and manager Mick McCarthy is set to become boss of Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers.

Trotters’ chairman Phil Gartside is said to have made contact with McCarthy within hours of sacking fellow former Irish international Owen Coyle as manager at the Reebok Stadium.

Mick could have his first day on the job by Friday and he is set for a return to Molineux on 23rd October when Bolton and Wolves square up to each other.

Bolton are aiming to regain their Premier League status as soon as possible following relegation from the Premier League on the final day of last season.

Paisley native Coyle was sacked with the Lancashire outfit sitting in 18th position after ten games of this season’s Championship campaign and only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

McCarthy, aged 53, has had plenty success in the Championship having led Sunderland to the 2004-’05 Championship title. He repeated the trick with Wolves at the end of the 2008-’09 season.

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is thought to also be on Bolton’s radar, though McCarthy is the club’s number one target.  He is certainly the more experienced manager having taken charge of more than 600 league games as well as six-and-a-half years as Republic of Ireland international manager.

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