Cardiff City chairman admits approaches were made for Celtic 'target' Mick McCarthy

By Euan Davidson

March 5, 2021

Celtic managerial ‘target’ Mick McCarthy signed a bumper deal with Cardiff City, yesterday.

However, that hasn’t kept him out of Bhoys headlines. Instead of filing this under “wasn’t going to happen”, it appears clubs made approaches for the Irish boss. Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman didn’t name names, but there’s a fairly obvious implication here.

The most photogenic man in football, McCarthy has enjoyed an excellent spell in Cardiff. The Bluebirds were facing a relegation dog-fight, but instead they’re in play-off contention [EFL]. Former Sunderland and Wolves boss McCarthy has led Cardiff City to an unbeaten streak of 10 matches [WhoScored?].

Dalman said that enquiries had been made for the en vogue Championship expert [BBC]:

“I know he did (catch the eye of other clubs). I wasn’t too worried.

“Yes, approaches were made but it’s just nice and refreshing to know there’s still some gentlemanly behaviour in the game today.

“When a club rings another club and says ‘look, we have an interest in your manager, can we talk to him?’ and I said ‘no, I don’t think that’s a good idea because he’s here with us and will remain with us’ and they say ‘okay, thanks very much, we’ll respect your decision’. I think that’s healthy for the game.”

The man just doesn’t take a bad photograph. / (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

God, surely not: did Celtic approach Cardiff for Mick McCarthy?

When Football Insider claimed that Mick McCarthy was on Celtic’s shortlist, supporters worldwide shuddered. Yes, Big Mick is a likeable figure, and he’s been successful with Ireland.

But that doesn’t automatically make you the calibre of a Celtic manager. Or at least, it shouldn’t. Certainly, Mick’s style of play is far, far away from what the Hoops faithful want to see. Furthermore, McCarthy is an expert at second-tier level in England. In the top-flight, he’s struggled with Wolves and Sunderland.

He’ll get your side promoted, sure. But at an elite club with aspirations for Champions League football? No way.

Just try to consider the scenes if, after months of speculation linking Eddie Howe, Rafa Benitez etc to the Celtic job, Mick McCarthy was announced via Twitter. Instead of a Champions League winner or promising young coach, we got Bert from Sesame Street holding a Green and White scarf aloft.

I’ll admit, I like Mick McCarthy. Above all, he seems like a laugh. Of course, he’s connected to the club, having starred in the successful centenary season.

A Celtic manager, though? In this day and age? Thank goodness he signed a new deal in Wales, that’s all.

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