Mick McCarthy’s funniest moments – ranked


The man all men want to be and who all women want to be with is back in English football – the Yorkshire gift that is Mick McCarthy honors us with his glorious presence.

The former Republic of Ireland manager took the reins on the league side in Cardiff City following the departure of Neil Harris, with the Bluebirds currently closer to relegation places than the top six.

However, if one man can change his disappointing season, it’s Michael Joseph McCarthy, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his return to the English game than by looking back at his funniest moments.

When you are in the management of football for as long as Mick McCarthy, you are bound to make a few enemies along the way, and it is likely that you will be asked many questions about said enemies in an attempt to get a reaction.

McCarthy’s relationship with Roy Keane after their falling out at the 2002 World Cup is, uh, rocky, and when the former Manchester United man was appointed deputy manager of the Republic of Ireland, McCarthy was obviously asked to comment on the matter.

Most managers would tiptoe around the topic, giving cliché answers while trying to remain unbiased. Mick McCarthy is not “most managers”.

The veteran boss just looked and smiled at the reporter who asked him, refusing to say a word before moving on to discuss his own accomplishments as boss of the Republic of Ireland, and finally laughing as we asked him questions about the date again. Both terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

McCarthy’s last season at Ipswich has been an eventful one, with the club never really looking like a play-off threat.

Tractor Boys fans hadn’t been afraid to voice their displeasure at their disappointing campaign, with McCarthy taking the brunt of the abuse. So when Luke Chambers put Ipswich in the lead in the 86th minute of his trip to local rival Norwich, McCarthy was pretty happy …

He can be seen gesturing towards the Ipswich worshipers, shouting “fantastic, come in”… or something like that…

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McCarthy was never one to beat around the bush | Ian Walton / Getty Images

McCarthy’s first full season in charge at Ipswich saw them flirting around the play-offs, but ultimately a finish in the first half was the best they could muster.

As with most teams in the Championship, inconsistency is what cost them a chance at promotion, and a 1-1 draw with Leeds in January epitomized their frustrating campaign.

When asked about the performance, McCarthy admitted that it may have been a difficult watch for some of their fans, he was sorry they couldn’t turn a point into a three and they looked forward to doing it during their next game.

Nah he doesn’t really, what he Actually said that “some people might be frustrated with this result. Some people can give a fuck ”.

Stop talking in riddles and tell us what you really think, Mick.

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There are many qualities required to become a top manager, but one aspect of the profession that is often overlooked is the ability to act as if you haven’t noticed the huge camera pointing at you two meters away while you watch from the technical area. .

99% of managers awkwardly look away or pretend to chat with their staff, but Big Mick took a very different approach one afternoon while in charge at Wolves.

He decided to imbue everyone who looked – male and female – with the most sensual, evil little gaze you’ve ever seen.

Those raised eyebrows, that smile. Why didn’t Hollywood consider a Barnsley-born James Bond?

Well, we understand that people want to know what is going on behind the scenes at football clubs, but why ask a football manager to develop the statement? [the team bus] broke down before a match?

Personally, we couldn’t tell each other what was wrong with the team bus, and when McCarthy was asked the question ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Gibraltar in 2019, he also declined to answer the question. it wouldn’t go any further ”.

Ask this reporter to ask your silly questions.

There’s just something about Mick McCarthy that exudes sex appeal. No matter what he does – he manages to make it sexy. There is just an aura around him.

He even manages to make the most modest tasks, like mixing a cup of tea, attractive. A few quick turns of the spoon, glance at the camera and smile. So simple but so effective.

Also really weird, but still quality.

We’ve already discussed Mick’s lack or tolerance for ridiculous questions, and arguably the dumbest one he has been asked since becoming manager was during his time at Wolves when asked if he was happy to see Steve Gerrard return just in time for the Wolves. “Trip to Anfield.

After all, which opposition manager wouldn’t be thrilled to see one of the best midfielders in the world return just in time to play his side? McCarthy echoed those sentiments, but funnier …

“Oh happy aye, I wonder if we can get [Graeme] Souness back, Phil Neal, see if Kenny [Dalglish] can come back and rushy [Ian Rush], just get a team of them back, yes I’m glad they all have their best players to play for us.

“I’m happy for them, I don’t want to go there and win, I want to go and let them play and have all their good players on the team. Yeah that’s great, thank you. ”

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McCarthy led Ipswich for nearly six years | Harry Engels / Getty Images

McCarthy did a fantastic job at Ipswich on a shoestring, exceeding expectations by reaching the playoffs in 2014/15, however, his success ultimately turned out to be his downfall as fans at the club were angered by the finishes in the middle of the table.

He left the club in 2018, and the following season they were relegated – still languishing to this day in League One.

McCarthy hasn’t forgotten his abrupt departure from Portman Road and even escaped it when asked about Chris Hughton’s dismissal from Brighton in 2019.

“Maybe they [Brighton] just thought it was time for a change like me at Ipswich they thought it was time for a change… it went well. “


Everyone has seen the video of Sir Alex Ferguson being scared of his own skin in the outside Chelsea shelter after Mike Phelan decided to pop a ball which rolled close to the technical area.

Well McCarthy had a time like Blackburn, when he was scared, well, nothing?

It has to be every football journalist’s worst nightmare – you forget to put your phone on silent during a manager’s press conference and it turns off mid-interview.

It’s happened to people like Roy Keane in the past and he looked far from amused, but Mick is cut from a different fabric.

If someone’s phone starts playing sultry music, what else do you as the sexiest man in the world do but start to strip?

Say what you like about his style of play, English football is a better place with Mick McCarthy and we’re excited to see him again.