McCarthy: No Ireland clause in contract
By Philip Ham
Mick McCarthy says he doesn’t know anything about suggestions his Ipswich contract contains a clause allowing him to return to his old job as Ireland boss.
Reports claimed the two-and-a-half-year deal would allow him to leave Ipswich at the end of the season without the Championship club receiving a penny in compensation if the FAI wanted him back in the role he occupied between 1996 and 2002.
“I don’t discuss my contract, so where those stories have come from I don’t know,” said McCarthy.
The Tractor Boys boss was linked with Ireland before to taking over at the Suffolk club but soon after his appointment at Portman Road dismissed the speculation: “There were all sorts of stories that I’ve been tapped up and I’ve spoken to them, but it was barefaced lies. Nothing in it at all.”
However, he also said he might be interested in returning to his old job should it become vacant, although keen not to undermine current incumbent Giovanni Trapattoni, who is contracted until after the 2014 World Cup.
“I’d go back, but when it’s right, when it’s available,” he said. “I’m not trying to add pressure on to anybody else.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy, whose side climbed off the bottom of the table to 22nd after last week’s 2-1 victory over Burnley, has dismissed reports he wants to sign Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan.
“There’s nothing in it at all, except that I admire Manny,” he said. “He’s a really a good player. He came to Wolves and was excellent and then he did his cruciate again at QPR. He’s a player I really like.”
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