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Mick McCarthy 2002: Saipan, the World Cup and the end of the road for Mick.

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The final episode of the first Mick McCarthy era sees yet another drama filled year off the field in what was the last embers of a colourful regime. 2002 began with such optimism in the buildup to the World Cup finals before disaster struck in Saipan. Despite a heroic World Cup showing from a young Ireland, the writing was on the wall for McCarthy after an awful start to the Euro 2004 campaign.

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