Mick McCarthy - Irish Soccer Legend, Television pundit, Media Personality and After Dinner Speaker
Best known and widely respected for his time as Captain and then Manager of the Republic of Ireland, Mick was a no-nonsense defender renowned for his tough tackling as a player and straight talking as a manager.
A native of Barnsley, England, he started his career with his hometown club, Barnsley FC, before going on to represent clubs such as Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon, Millwall and his national team Ireland. Mick qualified to play for Ireland through his Irish father, Charles, and quickly became a fans favourite through his committed displays as ‘Captain Fantastic’.
In between his management spells at different clubs, Mick has become a regular television pundit and commentator within the broadcasting world. His most recent media credits include working with the BBC on their coverage of the 2012 FIFA World Cup. He has also made guest appearances on many shows including The Late Late Show and Goals On Sunday.
Carlsberg Advert - Gaffer Falls
Mick has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including the Carlsberg television advertisement where he starred alongside fellow ex Ireland managers Jack Charlton and John Giles as part of the ‘Gaffer Falls’ storyline in the lead up to UEFA Euro 2008.
In 1990, Mick released a biography entitled Captain Fantastic: My Football Career and World Cup Experience, where he gives an in depth description of his life as a footballer.
His list of domestic achievements all came during his time at Celtic, where he won one Scottish Premier League (1988) and two Scottish Cups (1988, ’89).
He experienced more success as a manager when he won two Football League Championships (2005, ’09) with Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively. He has also previously managed Millwall and is currently manger of English Football League One club Ipswich Town.
A quick witted, natural entertainer, Mick is a regular after dinner speaker, captivating audiences up and down the UK and Ireland by recounting memories of his experiences throughout his career in football as a player and manager.
Mick’s international career spanned over eight years, resulting in a total of 57 caps for Ireland, scoring 2 goals along the way. He has represented his country at two major tournaments; the UEFA European Championships (1988) and the FIFA World Cup (1990).
World Cup 2002
His reputation with the adoring Irish football fans was further enhanced in 1996 when he accepted an offer to become the national team manager. A largely successful period followed and following two narrow misses in 1998 and 2000, Mick guided Ireland to qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. An exit at the hands of Spain in the Second Round resulted, fractionally missing out on a quarter final place.
Mick tendered his resignation in November 2002 and is remembered fondly for his contribution to Irish football.
In 2001, Mick was presented with the RTE Sports Person of the Year, in recognition of his services to the national team in qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.