McCarthy agrees two-year deal to become new Republic of Ireland boss

Mick McCarthy will return as Republic of Ireland boss with Robbie Keane as part of his backroom team in a move which is sure to win favour with disillusioned supporters.
The 59-year-old replaces Martin O'Neill - who was sacked on Wednesday - and is set to be unveiled in Dublin on Sunday.
It is understood McCarthy has signed a two-year deal with the option of an extension and that is likely to depend on the success or otherwise of qualification for Euro 2020. 
McCarthy will be at the draw in Dublin next Sunday when Ireland learn their opponents ahead of qualifying proper in March.
A salary of around £1million is believed to have been agreed and McCarthy will be assisted by Terry Connor, with Keane - the country's record goalscorer - taking up a coaching role.
It is a first managerial role for McCarthy since he quit from his job at Championship side Ipswich back in April.
The FAI will be hoping the new management team restore confidence in the players and enthusiasm among supporters after a dreadful year under O'Neill and Roy Keane.
They agreed to stand down this week after a return of one win from nine in 2018 and relegation to the third tier of the Nations League. 
McCarthy remains popular in Ireland and is the last manager to lead the county to the World Cup finals. But the squad he inherits this time is vastly inferior to the one which made the last 16 in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
For a start, there is no Robbie Keane, the striker who netted 68 times in the green jersey. The current team have not scored in six-and-a-half hours and have been forced to rely on frontmen from the Championship and League One in recent matches.
One of McCarthy's first tasks, however, will be to make contact with Declan Rice, the West Ham midfielder who is currently deciding whether to represent Ireland or England. Were the 19-year-old to declare for Ireland then it would be an important early victory for the new manager. 

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