McCarthy job claim fails to sway Whites

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

WANDERERS insist no one has been offered the vacant manager’s job at the Reebok – despite claims from the Midlands that Mick McCarthy is about to take charge.

As The Bolton News reported yesterday, the former Republic of Ireland chief has told associates has been offered the chance to succeed Owen Coyle after a meeting in Bolton last Friday.

But sources at the club have reiterated that, despite ongoing discussions with potential candidates, no final decision has been made on the managerial position.

And the Yorshireman’s claims haven’t been well received by the bookmakers either, with odds on the 53-year-old now drifting.

Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby will continue in their current roles through the weekend and most likely for Tuesday night’s trip to McCarthy’s former club Wolves.

“We’ve been given no indication whatsoever,” said Phillips when asked how long he could remain in the hotseat. “Phil Gartside said he wanted us to take over and also said the next appointment for the club needs to be the right appointment – one that will take the club forward. We all agree with that.

“We're pleased with the week's work we've done so far but the result against Bristol City will prove how well it's gone.

“But all of us – Sammy, Julian and myself – all agree that the next appointment is critical for the club to progress.”

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