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Ireland manager says political crisis in the FAI will no affect his job

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 26: Mick McCarthy the Republic of Ireland manager looks on during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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For Mick McCarthy the problems happening inside the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) will not reflect in the country’s team.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is in a political crisis that has seen them lose the economic support of the government.

And for Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, this will not affect his job or the squad’s performance.

“It doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t affect the football, it doesn’t affect the players so unless that starts happening, I’m not going to give it any credence, to be honest,” he said to The Irish Time.

“It would appear to me that the consequences are that things are changing but not with the football.”

“I’ll turn up and we’ll go to Portugal (for next month’s training camp), and unless someone tells me we can’t go for financial reasons or we can’t play here (Lansdowne Road) because they’ve shut it, I am going to continue to do the job I’ve been employed to do and I’ll continue doing it in the way I do it,” he said.

“My contact with John has been minimal. I’ve spoken to him on the phone, of course, about any issues we’ve had; no issues, but any things that needed to be discussed and if I’ve nowhere to go, to support any initiatives like this – but that’s for the FAI. It’s not John, it’s the FAI.”

He added: “I worked closely with him during the first stint; I’ve only been (back) here since the first of December. But I work for the FAI. There’s not been one boss; there have been 11 people on the board who were a party to my being employed. If one of them leaves, I’m still employed by the FAI board. The board are still there and operating so I’m being employed by them.”