Former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy sacked by APOEL Nicosia after just two months in charge
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Former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy sacked by APOEL Nicosia after just two months in charge

FORMER IRELAND manager Mick McCarthy has been lost his job as APOEL Nicosia boss after only two months in charge.

It came after a bad run of results which leaves the Cypriot side 11th in a division featuring just 14 teams.

In a statement, the club said: "APOEL announces it is ending its cooperation with coach Mick McCarthy.

"We wish Mr McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor all the best."

Back in November, McCarthy signed a 19-month contract running until May 2022.

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APOEL have lost their last four games, and McCarthy was relieved of his duties as head coach following the 2-1 defeat to Doxa on Tuesday.

Painfully, Ireland international Jack Byrne only moved to the Cypriot club two days ago from Shamrock Rovers, after being personally identified by McCarthy. He made his debut last night.

APOEL are Cyprus' most successful club, and were in 10th position in the table when McCarthy took over.

The job was his first since he left his post as Ireland boss back in April last year - the second time he'd held the position.

McCarthy was due to remain in charge of Ireland until the end of Euro 2020, but once Covid-19 postponed the event, the FAI decided to replace him with Stephen Kenny.

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The 61-year-old, who enjoyed a successful international career with Ireland, also managed the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland, Ipswich during his career in England.