CELTIC Centenary Double hero Mick McCarthy is back in the game after a year on the sidelines.

The former Republic of Ireland manager has been out of work since being sacked by Cardiff City at the end of 2021 after only 10 months in charge at the Welsh club.

However, McCarthy, 63, has returned to management after being appointed Blackpool boss on a deal until the end of the season.

He will be joined by long-serving assistant Terry Connor and the pair will be tasked with turning around the form of the Seasiders, who have dropped into the Championship relegation zone after going nearly three months without a league win.

HAMPDEN HEROES…Mark McGhee and Mick McCarthy – and friend – with the newly-won Scottish Cup following the 1-0 win over Rangers in 1989.

The Bloomfield Road club sacked Michael Appleton following the weekend defeat at Watford which extended their winless league run to 10 matches.

McCarthy, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I’m delighted to be back in the game.

“I’m thrilled to be back up at a club where I’ve had many battles in the past and, hopefully, we can achieve some of the similar success of those years.

McCarthy, who was bought by Davie Hay from Manchester City for a club record £500,000 in the summer of 1987, was a consistent performer in Billy McNeill’s side that won the league championship and Scottish Cup a year later.

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