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Friday, 20 December, 2002, 17:06 GMT
McCarthy rates Robson chances
Bryan Robson is highly-rated by Mick McCarthy
Bryan Robson has expressed interest in the Irish job
Bryan Robson is well equipped for the Republic of Ireland manager's job according to former Irish boss Mick McCarthy.

The Yorkshireman resigned his post last month after the Republic began their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign with defeats away to Russia and at home to Switzerland.

He also came under pressure because of the unresolved dispute between him and Roy Keane after the latter had been sent home before the World Cup.

But McCarthy believes Robson, who is one of the names in the frame to take over as Ireland boss, has the track record to prove he can succeed at international level.

I think in terms of management Bryan's got a good record

Mick McCarthy

"Robbo did a great job up at Middlesbrough," insisted McCarthy.

"I know they had a turbulent time but I think he was a success.

"He always had his team motivated to have a go at it, he's a legend as a player and I think in terms of management he's got a good record so you never know".

McCarthy feels the legacy he has left behind is a team capable of turning around their poor start to the qualifying competition and winning a place in Portugal in Euro 2004.

Dalglish link

"Somebody's got a difficult task. I still think it can be done if the players are motivated and together.

"If they can win their next two games they can qualify, probably via the play-offs.

"Who that man will be, I don't know, but I wish that man the best of luck".

The other main candidates for the job are thought to be Kenny Dalglish, former Japan boss Philippe Troussier, Joe Kinnear, John Aldridge, Kevin Moran and current FAI director of football Brian Kerr.

Mick McCarthy resigns as coach of the Republic of Ireland

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