Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mick: I'm Not Going to Leave; EXCLUSIVE: McCarthy Is Defiant

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mick: I'm Not Going to Leave; EXCLUSIVE: McCarthy Is Defiant

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Byline: CATHAL DERVAN

MICK McCARTHY today insisted he will not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job.

The Ireland manager, sick to the teeth of the Roy Keane saga which eventually ended last night with the Manchester United midfielder staying at home, has hit back at reports that he will quit after the World Cup finals.

McCarthy has two years left on his contract with the Football Association of Ireland and he is adamant that they will have to push him out if his team flop in Japan in the wake of the Keane affair.

"I am not a quitter. I never have been," said McCarthy as the FAI increased their efforts to bring in Celtic's Colin Healy as Keane's replacement.

"I have two years left in this job and I am not going to walk away. That has never been my style and nothing that has happened here has changed my mind.

"My future is not even up for discussion.

"We have a World Cup game against Cameroon on Saturday and that should be the focus of all our attention. …

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