Mick McCarthy resigns as manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team.

At a specially convened Football Association of Ireland (FAI) press conference at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Mick McCarthy officially announces his resignation as manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team.

After six years in the job he stresses his departure is entirely his own decision,

I'm not being, maybe as suggested, asked or pushed, it was my decision and my decision only.

Mick McCarthy insists his decision was made for the good of the team. He felt certain things surrounding his presence were affecting performances.

The former manager feels immensely proud of his achievements with the Republic of Ireland soccer team. He believes he was right not to resign after the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The response he has received from supporters demonstrate they still,

Hold myself and the team in high esteem.

Mick McCarthy’s decision brings to an end an Irish career which began when he played for his country against Poland in 1984. The FAI has confirmed that a compensation package has been agreed with the former manager.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 November 2002. The reporter is Colm Murray.