Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mick Makes Sense, So Why the Laughter?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mick Makes Sense, So Why the Laughter?

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Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay

MICK MCCARTHY for England manager? The idea, lightheartedly aired at a League Managers' Association dinner last night, duly got a laugh. At least until McCarthy, who was on stage at the time, pointed out that he was not without qualifications.

The former Wolves boss, so ludicrously sacked last month in what appeared a Premier League suicide bid by the club, is a Yorkshireman who not only played for but managed the Republic of Ireland with distinction in World Cups, earning special praise for his intolerance of Roy Keane's eve-oftournament rebellion in 2002. If McCarthy has not been considered by the Football Association in the wake of Fabio Capello's departure, he should have been.

So should Glenn Hoddle, who was an excellent England manager before and during the 1998 World Cup, only to be brought down on a pretext that had nothing to do with football (his views on reincarnation, to the enduring shame of all involved). …

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