In the Frame: Mick McCarthy
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Burnley have spoken informally to former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy over the vacant manager`s position at Turf Moor.
The 53-year-old was sacked by Wolves back in February and has not found another club since.
Could we afford him though? I am sure Clarets fans would certainly relish Mick as their manager. His knack of getting Championship clubs promoted is pretty legendary and of course he has considerable Premier League experience as well not to mention International experience as Republic of Ireland manager.
Bolton however have also been linked with the former Sunderland manager so we could be in a local battle with them for his signature.
McCarthy started off his managerial career at Millwall as player manager in March 1992. He took the club to the play-offs in 1993-94 after a third-place finish, but they lost out to Derby County in the semi finals. In Febraury 1996 he became Republic of Ireland manager and left the domestic scene for six years before returning to manage struggling Premier League club, Sunderland in March 2003. He could not prevent their relegation but stayed on and in the following season took them to the play-offs, but lost in a penalty shoot-out to Crystal Palace. The Black Cats though under McCarthy returned to the Premiership as Championship champions in the 2004-05 season.
Sunderland struggled yet again in the top flight and McCarthy was sacked in March 2006. His next appointment was as manager of Championship club, Wolves in July 2006. In April 2009, McCarthy saw his second club promoted to the Premier League as Champions. The following season, McCarthy kept Wolves in the Premier League, his first success at this level in three attempts and went one better the season after becoming the first Wolves manager in thirty years to maintain the club's top flight position for two successive seasons.
After that though, Wolves struggled and McCarthy was sacked in February 2012 following a run of poor results in a season which would eventually see them relegated back to the Championship.