The Republic of Ireland’s 1990 World Cup captain and former manager, Mick McCarthy has a clause in his contract with new club Ipswich Town which states that if the FAI offer the 53 year-old the Irish manager’s job in the summer, then Irish football’s governing body will not have to pay one penny compensation to the Tractor Boys.
That clause has been written into McCarthy’s Ipswich contract exclusively for the Irish manager’s job, and no other job. Not even an English Premier League job.
Current Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni has a contract which runs until the Republic’s interest in the 2014 World Cup ends. The Boys in Green will play Sweden and Austria at the end of March. Following last month’s embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Germany, it is thought that the FAI would have removed Trapattoni from his position, were it not for the multi-million euro payoff the indebted association would have had to fork out to pay off him and his Italian assistants. Defeats for the Irish in those upcoming March qualifiers against Sweden and Austria will render the qualification campaign effectively over and the FAI will likely part company with the 73 year-old Italian.
With the FAI operating in penury, the fact that they wouldn’t have to pay off McCarthy’s contract at The Blues, which is said to be around £1million stg per year for the next two-and-a-half years, would make him a very attractive proposition.
McCarthy has stated on a number of occasions in the past that he would, at some point in the future, be interested in returning to a position he previously occupied from February 1996 until November 2002.
He of course led the Republic of Ireland to the finals of the 2002 World Cup, where only a penalty shoot out defeat to Spain prevented the Boys in Green from matching the nation’s best ever finish on football’s greatest stage – that being reaching the 1990 quarter-final.