Mick McCarthy is set to be named new Cardiff City manager after the club parted with Neil Harris on Thursday 21st January. Neil Harris and his assistant David Livermore left Cardiff with immediate effect after a run of six defeats left the club 15th in the Championship.
Cardiff owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan said in a club statement:
“I’d like to thank Neil and David sincerely for their hard work at Cardiff City.
“Their efforts to propel us towards a fifth-place finish and Play-Off position last year are recognised and appreciated, although sadly we are in a result-orientated business and our on-field results of late and progress this season has been very poor. As such, we have had no choice but to relieve them of their duties in an effort to improve results and league position with a change of manager.”
The club now look set to name former Sunderland, Ipswich and Ireland manager McCarthy, 61 to take over. An early favourite to get the job, news broke on BBC Sport, that McCarthy was set to take over from Harris at the Welsh Capital.
McCarthy is a vastly experienced manager starting at Millwall in 1992. He left Millwall in 1996 and took over from Jack Charlton as Republic of Ireland manager. He took the Ireland side to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. In the build up for the tournament an argument with captain Roy Keane led to the then Manchester United player being sent home.
After Ireland McCarthy took the role at Sunderland and won the Championship in 2004/05. Following Sunderland he spent eight years at Wolves winning the Championship in 2008/09. Four years as manger of Ipswich before a brief return as Ireland Manager between November 2018 to April 2020. His most recent role was at APOEL FC from November 2020 to January 2021.
McCarthy’s appointment has not been greatly received by Cardiff City fans who have taken to social media. Many thinking this shows a lack of a long term plan by the club.
Details of whether this is a short term appointment or a longer term are not known but McCarthy should be able to steady the ship. Cardiff are a side that are low on confidence and prone to errors currently. McCarthy’s simple way of playing along with going back to basic’s should be enough for Cardiff to finish mid table.
A run to the play-offs this season is starting to look too far away. If this is a managerial appointment to steady and regain confidence then it could be a good move. What will matter is what happens over the summer Cardiff have lacked a long term vision for many years and this needs to be addressed.
The club have yet to announce anything but McCarthy’s appointment is expected to made soon.