McCarthy heads for pastures new
Mick McCarthy is eager for a fresh challenge in management, after leaving his post with Ipswich Town earlier than had been planned.
McCarthy had already announced that he would exit Portman Road at the end of the season, after agreeing with the club hierarchy that his reign had run its course, with the former Republic of Ireland boss having been in charge since November 2012.
I'll also be looking forward to a new challenge elsewhere. I've still got a lot of football left in me.Mick McCarthy
However, the parting of the ways has come a few weeks early, with McCarthy calling time following a 1-0 Championship win at home to Barnsley on Tuesday evening.
He told the club's official website: "I said I would see the season out, but it's been a new experience and it's not one I have been enjoying to be honest.
"I have continued to do my job to the best of my ability, but there is something missing and I'm not comfortable with that.
"The players here can look forward to a new challenge with whoever comes in and I want to wish them, the staff and the club the best of fortunes.
"I'll also be looking forward to a new challenge elsewhere. I've still got a lot of football left in me."
As well as managing Ipswich and the Republic of Ireland, McCarthy has also had spells in charge of Millwall, Sunderland and Wolves, leading both the Black Cats and the men from Molineux to Championship glory.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa can be backed at 11/10 to secure promotion from the Championship this season, with Fulham priced at 4/6 and Cardiff City 1/7.
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