Mick McCarthy wants another shot at Irish job

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Updated: July 22, 2011

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy yesterday hinted that he would relish the prospect of another shot at the Republic of Ireland job if he ever gets the opportunity to do so.

McCarthy led the country to the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup and admitted he still has unfinished business. He was speaking on Thursday as he celebrated five years in charge of Wolves.

“If we start doing my wish list then the reality is I want to win the Premier League,” said McCarthy.

“But I also want to go to another World Cup or a European Championships with another international team or with Ireland.”

McCarthy managed Ireland for six years and said that taking the team to the 2002 World Cup was his greatest achievement in the game to date.

He also revealed that he was offered the South Korea coach’s job in December 2007 and briefly contemplated taking the position.

“The South Korea job was the only time for me personally,” said McCarthy.

“I did quite fancy it actually – I just got approached and asked.

“I thought about it and I’d have enjoyed it — trying to take another team to a World Cup does appeal.

“I’d sooner take Ireland to another World Cup but taking another one would be fantastic.

“But the opportunity came and went and it was the right thing because I wanted to be here and I wanted to get into the Premier League with Wolves.”

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