Born in Barnsley, Mick
made his debut for his
hometown club as an 18-year-old defender before moving to Manchester
City in 1983 for £200,000. He won his first of a grand total of 57
Ireland caps a year later. He moved north of the border in 1987
joining Celtic and helping them to the Scottish League and Cup double
before, a year later, enjoying a brief spell with French club Lyons.
He returned to England, initially on
loan with Millwall in 1990 and, the following year at the age of 32,
he became Millwall's manager and led the Londoners to third spot in
the First Division in 1994, narrowly missing out on promotion.
In 1996, he took over from Jack
Charlton as the Republic of Ireland manager and he led the team to
the 2002 World Cup Finals. McCarthy resigned the post in November
2002 having taken the Republic from 54th to 13th in FIFA's world
rankings in just over five years.
Four months later he was appointed
manager of a struggling Sunderland side that was relegated from the
top flight at the end of the campaign. He took the Black Cats back
up into the Premier League, as Champions, in 2005 but there followed
an immediate return to the Championship and Mick left the Stadium of
Light in March, 2006, when relegation looked a certainty.
He took over the managerial reins at
Molineux the following July.
In his first season at Wolves, Mick took the club to the play-off
semi-finals, losing 4-2 on aggregate to West Bromwich Albion.
Played for Leeds, Brighton, Pourtsmouth, Swansea and Bristol City.
He worked in the community departments at Swindon and Bristol
Rovers, then became coach. Then he followed John Ward in the short
move to Bristol City.