Former Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has suggested he would love to take over at Aston Villa if the opportunity arose, claiming that he should also be ahead of French legend Thierry Henry in the pecking order.
McCarthy, working as a pundit on Virgin’s Champions League coverage, told how he would love a stab at the Villa job, if the opportunity came up, but also revealed he hadn’t applied in the conventional way.
“Absolutely I would, it’s a fabulous club, of course I would. But he’s only just gone today and I’ve been sat doing this, so I haven’t had my CV put in anyway. But I would do, it’s a great club.”
When asked about the possibility of Thierry Henry taking over at Villa Park, McCarthy was his usual brash self.
“He shouldn’t be the favourite in front of me, let me tell you that. No way. I’m sorry, but I’m blowing my own trumpet there.”
The 59-year old has twice led teams out of the Championship, Sunderland in 2005 and Wolves in 2009. He’s most recently been with Ipswich Town where he spent five and a half years before leaving at the end of last season.
It wouldn’t be a popular choice, but I’d love to see McCarthy get the job. His press conferences are always honest, often brutal and he’s a character of the game.
He’s not right for Villa, but he’s certainly more suited than someone like Henry with little to no experience in management at all. McCarthy won’t get it, but the mere thought should keep fans entertained for a few minutes at least.