Mick McCarthy: Chiefs Target Another British Coach

Johannesburg - After successful coaching stints by British coaches at Naturena namely: Jeff Butler, Joe Frickleton, Eddie Lewis - and recently Stuart Baxter, Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly approached ex-Ipswich coach Mick McCathy to assume the reins, after the departure of Steve Komphela. 

According to Kick Off magazine, McCarthy who left his coaching job last month is rumoured to have been offered the vacant post.

However, McCarthy will not depart easily as he has his eyes cast on remaining in England. He was due to leave Ipswich at the end of the Championship season this past weekend, but chose to move away on April 10 after a home win over Barnsley.

McCarthy is vastly experienced, having also coached Millwall, Republic of Ireland, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Mick McCarthy 

The 59-year-old has also confirmed that an offer has been tabled for him from South Africa along with others from Australia and Israel but noted that, though they all appeal to him, the distance is an issue.

McCarthy was born on 7 February 1959 and is a professional football manager, pundit and former player who was previously the manager of Ipswich Town. Born in Barnsley, England with an Irish father, he played for the Republic of Ireland on 57 occasions scoring two goals.

McCarthy began his playing career at Barnsley in 1977, and he later had spells at Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon, and finally Millwall, retiring in 1992.

He went on to manage Millwall, and then the Republic of Ireland. He guided Ireland to the knockout stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He later managed Sunderland, and then Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has also been a television pundit and commentator, most recently for the BBC.

In recent days McCarthy has been linked with Sunderland – who will now be playing in League One next season following their relegation from the second tier – but he has been quick to dismiss that talk, noting that he would love to return to the Premier League instead.

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