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Return of the Mick: Former Ireland boss McCarthy takes over at Ipswich
The 53-year-old has signed a contract to keep him at Portman Road until 2015.

FORMER IRELAND COACH Mick McCarthy has been appointed as manager of struggling second-tier Championship side Ipswich Town, the club said today.

The 53-year-old has signed a contract to keep him at Portman Road until 2015.

Terry Connor, with whom he worked at Wolverhampton Wanderers, will be his assistant manager.

“I’m obviously delighted to have been given the job as Ipswich Town manager and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on the club’s website

“It’s a fantastic football club, with a proud tradition and history and a terrific fanbase.”

McCarthy said the long-term ambition was to get Ipswich back to the top flight Premier League but the immediate aim was “to get some confidence back into the team and start climbing the table”.

Ipswich are currently rooted to the bottom of the Championship with just seven points from 13 matches. Manager Paul Jewell left the club last week.

McCarthy won 57 caps for the Ireland and became national team coach in 1996. He was sacked by Wolves in February and was mooted as the likely replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni when the Italian’s job with the FAI was in doubt last month.

- © AFP, 2012

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