Big Mick: No contact from Ireland

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy says the FAI are still to make contact with him regarding the vacant Republic of Ireland manager’s job.

Big Mick: No contact from Ireland

The 54-year-old remains most bookies’ odds-on favourite to return to the role he previously occupied between 1996 and 2002.

After his Ipswich side drew 1-1 at Bolton on Saturday,

McCarthy was asked whether he had any more to say regarding the Ireland job.

“I haven’t said anything about the Republic of Ireland job,” he responded.

Had he received any contact from the FAI?

“Yeah, they came and stayed with me last night at the hotel, all of them. I had a good meeting with them,” he joked.

“Did I b*****ks! No, nothing.”

Questioned about reports that he is due to meet FAI head hunters Ray Houghton and Ruud Dokter on Monday, he added: “Somebody better book me a f**king flight then! I’ll tell you where I am on Monday. I’m at a signing session at the David Lloyd [gym] down in Ipswich at 10.30.

“I’ll be at the training ground at a quarter to seven. Me and TC [assistant Terry Connor] will be watching the game again. If you all want to come down and have a chat with me then at a quarter to seven, please feel free.

“Then we’ve got a game with the Nike Academy and I’ll be involved with that...

“And then I’m flying to Ireland!” he quipped as he left the Reebok Stadium media room.

McCarthy is understood to be hugely frustrated by the process put in place to find the next Republic of Ireland manager and the impact the talk linking him with the role is having on his club.

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