Mick McCarthy to become new Apoel Nicosia manager

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Mick McCarthy is set for a return to management in Cyprus.
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James Cox

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is set to take over as manager of the most popular club in Cyprus, Apoel Nicosia.

It will come as a surprise appointment to many. McCarthy had been linked to a number of Championship clubs recently.

Apoel sacked manager Marinos Ozonidis after a 2-0 defeat to Anorthosis at the weekend.

In a post on the club's official Twitter account, Apoel said McCarthy will fly into Cyprus on Saturday to agree terms on a contract.

He is set to watch Apoel's clash with Apollen on Saturday before agreeing on a return to management.

McCarthy's second spell as Ireland boss came to an end in April.

He was due to remain in charge until after the Euro 2020 campaign but the FAI made the decision to elevate Stephen Kenny to the top job despite the fact the tournament was delayed until next summer as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The 61-year-old has previously managed Millwall, Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Wolves as well as the Ireland team.

Apoel is the most popular and successful team in Cyprus while the club has reached the group stages of the Champions League on a number of occasions.

 

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