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Mick McCarthy announced as APOEL manager

Mick McCarthy has made a surprise return to club management after taking charge of Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia, signing a deal until May 2022. The 62-year-old has not worked at club level since being sacked from Ipswich Town in 2018.

Terry Connor, McCarthy’s assistant, who has worked with Mick during his time at Ipswich, Wolves and Republic of Ireland, will also be part of the coaching staff.

APOEL have won the Cypriot title an impressive 28 times but have made a poor start to the season, only managing two wins in their first six games.

The club finished third last season, earning a Europa League spot, but were knocked out at the final play-off stage by Slovan Liberec.

A run of four games without a win proved the end for Greek coach Marinos Ouzounidis, who was the Nicosia team's 12th permanent coach since 2015.

A statement on APOEL's official website said of McCarthy and Connor: "We welcome both of them to APOEL and we wish them to immediately help the team return to good and substantial performances so that it can meet its goals, which are to win titles."

APOEL's current squad includes former Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu and ex-Chelsea youngster Ben Sahar and McCarthy's first match in charge will be against second-bottom Ethnikos Achna this Saturday.

McCarthy began his managerial career at Millwall before his first spell as Republic of Ireland boss between 1996 and 2002.

He then went on to achieve promotion to the Premier League at Sunderland and Wolves, staying at Molineux for over five and a half years before being dismissed in 2012.

Author: James Parker