FORMER Celtic defender Mick McCarthy has been confirmed as Cardiff City’s new boss.
The ex-Republic of Ireland international gaffer has agreed to his seventh managerial position after the Championship side sacked Neil Harris following the 1-0 midweek loss to Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers.
The Welsh club are 15th in the English second tier, 13 points adrift of the play-off places and nine above the relegation zone.
Sixty-one-year-old McCarthy, who has also managed Millwall, Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich, had been without a role since leaving Cypriot side APOEL earlier this month after just eight games in charge.
The veteran chief, speaking to Cardiff City TV, said: “I’m delighted to be here. I’m thrilled by the opportunity.
“I want to get the club back to winning games and I want to get smiles back on the players’ faces. If we do that, then we’ll get smiles back on the fans.
“We’ve got a good squad of players and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.”
McCarthy comes in alongside No.2 Terry Connor, while James Rowberry and ex-Rangers keeper Andy Dibble remain in their coaching roles.
The club have now lost their last six matches in all competitions with their last win coming against Birmingham on December 16.
Coincidentally, McCarthy will kick off his latest managerial role on Wednesday against Barnsley, the club where he began his playing career in 1977, before facing another of his former teams, Millwall, a week today.
McCarthy was Davie Hay’s last signing for Celtic in the summer of 1987 when he paid Manchester City £500,000 for the rugged centre-back. Astonishingly, he was sacked by the Parkhead board only weeks afterwards.
Billy McNeill returned and the Barnsley-born player became a key member of the centenary league and Cup-winning squad the following year.