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Mick McCarthy
Personal information
Full name Michael Joseph McCarthy
Date of birth 7 February 1959 (1959-02-07) (age 51)
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Barnsley 272 (7)
1983–1987 Manchester City 140 (2)
1987–1989 Celtic 48 (8)
1989–1990 Lyon 10 (1)
1990 Millwall (loan) 6 (0)
1990–1992 Millwall 29 (1)
National team
1984–1992 Republic of Ireland 57 (2)
Teams managed
1992–1996 Millwall
1996–2002 Republic of Ireland
2003–2006 Sunderland
2006– Wolverhampton Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Joseph "Mick" McCarthy (born 7 February 1959) is an English-born Irish former international footballer who is currently the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He has previously managed Millwall, Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland and has also worked as a television football pundit.


Playing career


Born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, McCarthy made his league debut for then-Fourth Division Barnsley on 20 August 1977 in a 4–0 win over Rochdale. He spent two years in the basement league, before the club won promotion. Two years later, the team again went up to the (old) Division 2. A strong central defender, he was a virtual ever-present for his hometown club, but departed in December 1983 for fellow Division 2 club Manchester City.

The Maine Road club won promotion in McCarthy's first full season and he finally had the chance to play at the highest level. His first season in the top flight was steady enough as the club reached midtable, but relegation struck the following year. McCarthy himself would not face the drop though as he moved to Celtic in May 1987.

He picked up his first silverware at the Scottish club as they won the league and cup double in his first season. The following season McCarthy again won a Scottish Cup winners medal, although the club had to settle for third place in the league.

McCarthy again moved onto a new country, as he joined Lyon in July 1989. However, things didn't work out for the defender in France and, feeling his international chances were being harmed, he returned to England on loan with top flight Millwall in March 1990. Despite the London side suffering relegation during his loan period, McCarthy impressed enough to earn a move and he was signed permanently in May 1990 for £200,000. His appearances in the next two seasons were often limited by injuries and he effectively retired from playing when he took over as manager of the club in 1992.


McCarthy was eligible for the Republic of Ireland because his father, Charles, was Irish. Making his international debut in a goalless friendly against Poland on 23 May 1984, McCarthy soon became a first-choice player and featured in all three of Ireland's games at Euro '88. He went on to become captain, leading to the nickname "Captain Fantastic".[citation needed]

The highlight of McCarthy's international career was the second-round penalty shoot-out win over Romania in the 1990 World Cup finals. This lead to a crunch tie with hosts Italy in the quarter-final, where Ireland's first ever appearance in the finals came to an end, losing 1–0. McCarthy was the player who committed the most fouls in the 1990 tournament.[citation needed]

In total, McCarthy won 57 caps for Ireland; scoring two goals, one against Yugoslavia in April 1988, the other versus USA in June 1992.

Management career


McCarthy became player-manager at Millwall in March 1992, succeeding Bruce Rioch. In his first full season (1992–93), he was still registered as a player, but made only one further appearance (in the Anglo-Italian Cup), before he became solely a manager.

He took the club to the play-offs in 1993–94 after a strong third-place finish, but they lost out to Derby County in the semi finals. During the 1995–96 season, McCarthy became the prime candidate for the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's job, after the resignation of Jack Charlton. After a protracted period of speculation, McCarthy was officially appointed on 5 February 1996, two days after his resignation at the club. Despite sitting a comfortable 14 points clear from the relegation zone at the time of his departure, Millwall would go onto to suffer the drop (by virtue of goals scored) after McCarthy's departure.

His disastrous loan signings of the grossly underachieving Russian internationals Sergei Yuran and Vassili Kulkov from Spartak Moscow, who each received a £150,000 signing on fee and were being paid five times the wage of the rest of the first team, would later be cited as one of the main reasons Millwall were eventually relegated under Jimmy Nicholl.[1]

Republic of Ireland

After two narrow failures to qualify for the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, McCarthy took the nation to the 2002 World Cup held in Korea and Japan. However, their tournament was overshadowed by a very public and bitter spat between McCarthy and the team's star player Roy Keane, who was sent home without having kicked a ball on the eve of the tournament. The conflict occurred after Keane had questioned the quality of the preparations and facilities the team were using.[2]

Despite this furore, McCarthy's team reached the second round but were eliminated by Spain in a penalty shoot-out (after having already missed a penalty in normal time), thus fractionally missing out on a quarter-final place. Indeed, the narrowness of the elimination meant Ireland were the ninth best performers at the World Cup, and the fifth best among European teams in the competition. Despite this, the Keane issue remained, with the proportion of blame undecided. Many in Ireland sided with Keane — particularly following a televised interview in which details of poor preparation were revealed — and demanded McCarthy's resignation both during and after the tournament. An independent inquiry into the organisation's handling of the squad's preparation later commissioned by the FAI created a damning report, leading to general secretary Brendan Menton tendering his resignation, seen by many as vindication of Keane's complaints.[3]

Criticism of McCarthy in the media became increasingly intense after a poor start to Ireland's qualifying campaign for Euro 2004. In particular, his persistence with several players and tactics that some perceived to be inadequate did him damage, as did a 4–2 away defeat to Russia and a 2–1 home defeat to Switzerland. Under mounting pressure, McCarthy resigned from the post on 5 November 2002.[4] During his 68 games in charge, the Republic of Ireland won 29, drew 19, and lost 20.


On 12 March 2003, he was appointed manager of struggling Sunderland as an immediate replacement for Howard Wilkinson, who was sacked after six successive Premiership defeats left the club facing near-certain relegation.[5] McCarthy could not stop Sunderland's slide, and the Black Cats were relegated at the end of the season.

However, he largely escaped blame for the relegation and was retained as manager. The following season, McCarthy took Sunderland to the First Division promotion play-offs, but lost in a penalty shoot-out to Crystal Palace after Palace had scored a stoppage-time equaliser.

McCarthy completed the turnaround of the club in the 2004–05 season. The Black Cats returned to the Premiership as champions, amassing an impressive 94 points.

Life in the Premiership was much tougher for McCarthy though, as he was unable to spend much to strengthen the team. After a poor season and with the club 16 points from safety with only 10 games remaining, he was dismissed on 6 March 2006.[6] In an ironic postscript, Sunderland eventually appointed Roy Keane as their next permanent manager.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 21 July 2006, McCarthy was appointed manager at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers,[7] replacing Glenn Hoddle who had departed a fortnight before. The Midlands club faced an uncertain future after having to sell the majority of their first-team players, though despite this situation, McCarthy promised Premier League football at Molineux within three seasons. From this awkward position, McCarthy managed to collect together a team from the club's youth ranks, and some lower league signings, and free transfers. Despite the lack of expectations, the team managed to make the promotion play-offs in McCarthy's first season, but it was third time unlucky for McCarthy in them as the team lost out to local rivals West Bromwich Albion over two legs, losing 3–2 at Molineux and 1–0 at The Hawthorns.

In the 2007–08 season he took the club to within a single placing of a successive play-off finish, ending seventh, losing the coveted sixth place to Watford by a goal difference of only one (although another goal would have been required to overcome Watford's superior goals scored record). The campaign had also seen him linked with the international positions of South Korea and his previous post as Republic of Ireland manager.[8]

The 2008-09 season started well for McCarthy as he won the August Championship Manager of the Month Award, after seeing his side reach the top of the table[9], eventually going on to match Wolves' record start to a season (equalling Wolves' title-winning 1949–50 season). Wolves maintained their position at the top of the table over the following months, and McCarthy again scooped the manager of the month award for November[10]. McCarthy's Wolves secured promotion to the Premier League by beating QPR 1–0 on 18 April 2009, and the following week McCarthy clinched his second Championship as a manager after a 1–1 draw at his hometown club Barnsley. He won the Championship Manager of the Season Award at the conclusion of the campaign, his side having led the table for 42 of 46 games.



Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup Total
1977–78 Barnsley Fourth Division 46 1
1978–79 46 2
1979–80 Third Division 44 1
1980–81 43 1
1981–82 Second Division 42 1
1982–83 39 1
1983–84 12 0
1983–84 Manchester City Second Division 24 1
1984–85 39 0
1985–86 First Division 38 0
1986–87 39 1
Scotland League Scottish Cup Total
1987–88 Celtic Premier Division 22 3
1988–89 26 5
France League Coupe de France Total
1989–90 Olympique Lyonnais Division 1 10 1
England League FA Cup Total
1989–90 Millwall First Division 6 0
1990–91 Second Division 12 0
1991–92 17 2
Total England 447 11
Scotland 48 8
France 10 1
Career Total 505 20


Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Millwall England 18 March 1992 4 February 1996 &0000000000000203.000000203 &0000000000000074.00000074 &0000000000000070.00000070 &0000000000000059.00000059 &0000000000000036.45000036.45
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 1 March 1996 5 November 2002 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000045.83000045.83
Sunderland England 12 March 2003 6 March 2006 &0000000000000147.000000147 &0000000000000063.00000063 &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000058.00000058 &0000000000000042.86000042.86
Wolverhampton Wanderers England 21 July 2006 Present &0000000000000187.000000187 &0000000000000081.00000081 &0000000000000046.00000046 &0000000000000060.00000060 &0000000000000043.32000043.32
Total &0000000000000584.000000584 &0000000000000240.000000240 &0000000000000155.000000155 &0000000000000189.000000189 &0000000000000041.10000041.10
As of 13 March 2009.[11]


As a Manager


  1. ^ Bethel, Chris; Millwall Football Club 1940–2001 Tempus Pulishing Ltd, 2001, p.122; ISBN 0-7524-2187-5
  2. ^ "Keane v McCarthy: blow-by-blow" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 28 May 2002 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  3. ^ "Menton quits following damning FAI report" RTE.ie, 12 November 2002 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  4. ^ "McCarthy quits Republic" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 6 November 2002 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  5. ^ "McCarthy unveiled as Sunderland boss" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 12 March 2003 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  6. ^ "Sunderland sack manager McCarthy" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 6 March 2006 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  7. ^ "McCarthy named new Wolves manager" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 21 July 2006 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  8. ^ "McCarthy rules out Korea position" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 5 December 2007 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  9. ^ "Wolves boss scoops monthly award" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 4 September 2008 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  10. ^ "McCarthy is top Championship boss" news.BBC.co.uk (Sport), 4 December 2008 (Retrieved: 19 August 2009)
  11. ^ Soccerbase

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Simple English

Mick McCarthy
Personal information
Full name Michael Joseph McCarthy
Date of birth 7 February 1959 (1959-02-07) (age 52)
Place of birth    Barnsley, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Manchester City
Olympique Lyonnais
Millwall (loan)
National team
1984-1992 Republic of Ireland
Teams managed
Republic of Ireland
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Mick McCarthy (born 7 February 1959) is a former Irish football player. He has played for Republic of Ireland national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1977/78BarnsleyFourth Division461
1979/80Third Division441
1981/82Second Division421
1983/84Manchester CitySecond Division241
1985/86First Division380
1987/88CelticPremier Division223
1989/90Olympique LyonnaisDivision 1101
1989/90MillwallFirst Division60
1990/91Second Division120
CountryEngland 44711
Scotland 488
France 101
Total 50520

International career statistics


Republic of Ireland national team


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