Cardiff have appointed former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy as their new manager following the sacking of Neil Harris.

Harris was shown the door on Thursday following a run of six straight Championship defeats, with the Bluebirds moving quickly to secure McCarthy’s signature.

Mick McCarthy has made a swift return to management

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Mick McCarthy has made a swift return to management

Cardiff received several applications for the manager’s post following Harris’ exit, and talkSPORT understands Paul Cook was initially offered the job on a six-month basis.

Cook, however, turned this down as he is looking for something longer term. The ex-Wigan manager has also been the subject of interest from Sheffield Wednesday following Tony Pulis’ sacking.

It marks a quick return to management for the 61-year-old, who was sacked by Cypriot champions Apoel earlier this month.

He will be joined by assistant manager Terry Connor, while James Rowberry and Andy Dibble will continue in their roles as first team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively

“I’m delighted to be here,” McCarthy told Cardiff City TV. “I’m thrilled by the opportunity.

“I want to get the Club back to winning games and I want to get smiles back on the players’ faces. If we do that, then we’ll get smiles back on the fans.

“We’ve got a good squad of players and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.”

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan said of the appointment: “I’d like to personally welcome Mick and Terry to our football club and wish them the very best of luck.

“I’ve enjoyed the brief talk I’ve had with Mick and I’m confident that he’s the right man to take on the responsibility of improving our performances and fortunes.”

The vastly experienced McCarthy has won promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland and Wolves over the course of a managerial career spanning 29 years to date.

He also managed Ipswich between 2012 and 2018, with his second spell with Ireland coming to a premature end in April 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic.


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