McCarthy has had no contact with Leeds

 

Mick McCarthy is set to stay with the Republic of Ireland despite rumours linking him with the vacant job at Leeds United following the shock sacking of David O'Leary.

"At this point in time nobody has been in contact with Mick from Leeds United or any other club," McCarthy's business manager Liam Gaskin said.

"He has signed his two-year contract with the FAI and remains the Ireland manager."

McCarthy was being touted as a possible successor to O'Leary as soon as the club announced that they were terminating the former Arsenal player's contract.

O'Leary said he had no idea what was coming when he went into work on yesterday morning although he said he knew who was being lined up to take over.

Celtic’s Martin O’Neill is said to be Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale’s main target.