|Is This Mick McCarthy's Fond Farewell?|
Written by Pessimistic on Thursday, 23rd May 2013 15:38
"At my time of life, opportunities to manage at the highest level are few and far between. When I took on this job my mandate was to keep this club in the Championship and nothing more.
"I have stuck to my side of the bargain and I have assembled a squad of players that whoever inherits it will only need to do some fine tuning. At least this time I am not out on my arse and the move is entirely my decision.
"I would though like to thank everyone from the players to the tea lady, for their input and although I am moving to pastures new it will be with a heavy heart. The supporters have been fabulous and deserve the very best."
I genuinely hope that the above statement remains nothing more than a figment of my imagination and that we won't be hearing anything similar before the new season starts.
I admit, however, that I do have my concerns. There are a lot of jobs out there that might not only attract the attention of Mick but visa versa and if the Irish job was offered to him again, surely he would not decline?
He is still regarded in the Irish community as a bit of a hero by taking them all the way to the World Cup finals against the odds and surely another crack of the whip in the twilight of his career would be irresistible.
This, I fear, is the greatest threat to our tried and trusted friend, who guided the Blues not only out of trouble with iron grit determination but also with common sense judgement.
The next big risk on the football horizon is if a Premier League fish comes looking. Stoke could do a lot worse than recruiting this rugged-faced Yorkshire man and perhaps limited resources would not worry him too much if he could have another crack at the Premier!
If Everton's attempts to woo Roberto Martinez from Wigan fail, then surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility that McCarthy's name might fall into the frame?
And, if Martinez finds the offer of moving back into the top flight with Everton too much to resist, then surely Wigan would be tempted to go for our man. With a huge parachute payment due and a whole series of quality players at their disposal, it would indeed be tempting. Their owner Dave Whelan gave Paul Jewell a job for life so why not his close friend Mick, who has arguably achieved more?
If Aaron Cresswell is sold off to Aston Villa, which is looking increasingly likely, would this persuade Mighty Mick that we are nothing more than a selling club and he would better view some pastures new? I suppose this depends on how much of a say Mick would have on this. He might in fact endorse it if he goes for the right price and he feels he has assembled a strong enough squad to cope with this - or he could use ALL of the money to re-recruit.
Between now and the start of the new campaign the gossip will be rife and new jobs will be plenty. The most important question that we all must ask then is will Mick be tempted to look elsewhere, or will he want to finish the job he has just started and guide the Blues to future glory?
"Yes, it was a great opportunity I'd admit but money is not everything. It is always flattering to get offers of this sort but my job here has only just begun and with Terry Connor and the backroom staff, the building blocks are in place to step up to the plate and make real inroads on our ultimate goal which, of course, is to reach the land of milk and honey. "
Now that is what I am hoping to hear from Mick the Man if future speculation needs some clarification. Then we can all focus on the season ahead with renewed optimism and belief.
Come on you Blues!
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