This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Mick McCarthy is interested in becoming the new manager of Bristol City after the recent sacking of Lee Johnson, according to reports from The Sun.
The Robins parted company with Johnson on Saturday afternoon after losing 1-0 to rivals Cardiff City – their fourth straight defeat since the season’s restart.
City will now be on the lookout for a new manager, with McCarthy reportedly interested in succeeding Johnson after leaving his role in charge of Republic of Ireland in April.
Here, the FLW team discuss the potential appointment of McCarthy at Ashton Gate…
That would be some change in approach from Bristol City if they went down the route of McCarthy.
He’s a top coach and has had a great career, but you’ve got to feel it is perhaps beyond him to go back into the Championship and have a side fighting for the top-six.
In my eyes, whoever Bristol City target it needs to be an ambitious name and someone who brings a certain belief that they can get into the top-six mix and stay there.
Ultimately, failing to do that is why Johnson lost his job at Ashton Gate. Is McCarthy an upgrade? I’m not sure.
I think he’d be a decent appointment by the Robins.
McCarthy has experience of managing in the Championship whilst with Wolves, and moving to Ashton Gate could be the ideal step for him at this stage of his career.
Bristol City need a manager that can come in and fire-up a group of players that simply haven’t been good enough in recent weeks.
They’ve thrown away a golden opportunity to win promotion via the play-offs, and I don’t think McCarthy will be able to take them into the top-six due to the form of the teams around them in the Championship table.
But in the long-term, I think he’d be the right manager that Bristol City need to move forward.
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For where Bristol City are right now and where they want to be, I don’t think they should go down the route of appointing McCarthy.
City have plenty of talented, young players who have been used to playing an attractive, fast-paced brand of football under a young manager in Johnson.
McCarthy isn’t necessarily known for his attractive brand of football, though, and it seems like they’d be going in a completely different direction if they went and appointed him as Johnson’s successor.
He has experience of winning promotion to the Premier League before, though, and a old, wise head could be beneficial for City after spending so much money in an attempt to get into the Premier League of late.