Mick McCarthy believes he's qualified for Aston Villa job, but laughs off taking the job for now

The Ipswich Town boss has been linked with the Aston Villa vacancy.

Aston Villa are currently without a manager after the club and Remi Garde mutually agreed to part company earlier in the week.

Villa have got through two managers this season, with Tim Sherwood previously being given the boot by the Midlands club.

Plenty of names are now being linked with the job – including Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy.

The former Republic of Ireland boss is experienced in the second-tier of English football and would certainly give the under-performing playing staff something of a kick up the rear.

So would he be keen on the move?

The Ipswich boss is quoted as telling TWTD that he is ambitious and wants to manage in the Premier League again – but seemed to laugh off the speculation:

“It’s always interesting when people mention your name. But I can’t do anything about it. My focus is here.

“But, by the way, don’t even think I’m not ambitious, don’t think I’m settled here and I want to just be here doing what I’m doing and trying to get in the play-offs, I’d like to get promoted, I’d like to be in the Premier League again, however that might be. But my focus is doing this.

“But it is flattering, if the remit is for somebody that can get teams promoted, then I’ve got a pretty good CV for that, haven’t I?”

He then joked that the only Villa worth betting on him heading to in the summer however is a holiday villa in Portugal:

“No (it’s not worth putting money on it), not unless it’s (a Villa) in Portugal, because I might go to that one shortly!

“I’m going to Wolves, me, on Friday. I want to win, that’s what I want to do.”

McCarthy appears to be an outsider in the running for the job. At the moment it seems the smart money is on one of Nigel Pearson and David Moyes to get the Aston Villa job this summer.

So it is far more likely to see McCarthy in an opposing dugout at Villa Park next season.

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