The Ipswich Town boss is not sure he will be on either teams shortlist.
With that in mind they have been linked with several so-called ‘Championship specialists’. The likes of Neil Warnock and, most prominently, Nigel Pearson have been mentioned as potential options.
Several pundits have backed the former Republic of Ireland boss for the job, with former Villa midfielder Paul Merson a particularly keen advocate for McCarthy getting the gig.
However, the man himself is not exactly optimistic that Villa – or indeed the recently on the lookout Everton – will come knocking for him.
He told the Irish Times this weekend:
“And if anyone wants to speak to me or make an offer, they have to contact Marcus [Evans, Ipswich owner] and he would have to tell me if there’s been some contact and would I like to speak to them.
"But I’ve not had any call from Marcus saying that Everton, Villa or anybody else have been in touch. And I don’t anticipate they will actually. I don’t think there’s a clamour for my services, if I have to be honest.”
McCarthy is certainly considered an outsider for the Villa job at the moment whilst he has not been mentioned as in the running for the Everton top job.
His achievements at Ipswich have however been underestimated. The Tractor Boys have been consistently at the sharp end of the Championship over the past two seasons with one of the more frugal budgets in the division, so it would be great to see what he could do with the cash likely to be available at Aston Villa next season.
So while he downplays the interest, Villa will surely be keeping track of his situation – with the potential of him sorting out what has been a troubled Villa team for next season.