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Wednesday, 9 October, 2002, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
McCarthy is Sunderland favourite
Mick McCarthy won praise for Ireland's World Cup showing
McCarthy's profile has risen since the World Cup
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is now odds-on favourite to succeed Peter Reid at Sunderland - with Niall Quinn as his assistant.

McCarthy is the clear front-runner after George Graham revealed he was not interested and David O'Leary appeared to drop out of contention.

BBC Sport Online understands a managerial team of McCarthy working with Quinn is the main option being considered by Sunderland's board after Reid's sacking.


There's been so many names linked that I know personally
Niall Quinn

McCarthy is in the frame after his work with the Republic, whose squad also has a heavy influence on the Sunderland squad.

Quinn was a close ally of McCarthy when Roy Keane was sent home from the World Cup, and Jason McAteer, Phil Babb and Kevin Kilbane are also members of his international squad.

O'Leary will immediately become favourite to succeed McCarthy with the Republic if he quits for the Stadium of Light.

Quinn says he does not want to become manager and refused to get drawn into giving his preference of manager.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "Within the next 10 to 12 days I would imagine the main person would be in place in order to run the club as he sees fit.

"Whatever help Bob Murray (Sunderland chairman) needs to get stabilised I will help him.

Quinn (right) may move up after Reid's sacking
Quinn (right) may move up after Reid's sacking

"But I haven't overnight turned into this man who wants to be a manager of a top club."

He added: "There's been so many names linked that I know personally.

"George Graham is the manager that brought me my first success in football and at times the bookmakers said he was the one that would be taking over.

"Then the focus of attention switched to David O'Leary and we heard he was odds on.

"I know David really well and I know Mick very well and, who knows, somebody else's name could become involved by midnight tonight.

"It's very hard for me to single one out any of those above the other.

"I hope to God that they pick the man that's going to give the people of Sunderland that hope and desire that Peter Reid brought for so long.


He misses the day-to-day involvement and there are very few jobs like Sunderland that come up
Mick McCarthy's biographer Cathal Dervan

"I have not spoken to any of those people and I have no intention of speaking to those people."

Bookmakers William Hill have closed the book on McCarthy's appointment.

And Cathal Dervan, the ghost-writer of McCarthy's forthcoming autobiography, also claimed McCarthy topped the short-list.

Dervan believes that, despite the Republic's Euro 2004 qualifier against Switzerland, McCarthy could take over for Sunderland's next game against West Ham on 19 October.

Dervan told BBC Radio Five Live: "Mick has had so much stick over in Ireland since the World Cup and since the Roy Keane affair. It has brought it all to a head.

He added: "He misses the day-to-day involvement and there are very few jobs like Sunderland that come up on the horizon."

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 ON THIS STORY
Mick McCarthy's biographer Cathal Dervan
"Mick wants to return to club football"
Sunderland's Niall Quinn
"Peter's tenure would always be my tenure"
Forward Kevin Phillips
"Whoever comes in can't strengthen the squad"
 VOTE RESULTS
Who should Sunderland appoint as manager?

Mick McCarthy
 59.19% 

George Burley
 23.88% 

Joe Royle
 16.92% 

1164 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

Peter Reid leaves Sunderland after over seven years in charge

Race to take over

Reid pays price

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