Mick McCarthy has set his sights on international management, and Barclays Premier League glory, but after five years in charge at Wolverhampton Wanderers he is happy to keep the club on track.
But the Molineux manager has no plans to move on from Wolves just yet, and spoke at length about his ethos at the club.
“If we start doing my wishlist then the reality is I want to win the Premier League," he said.
“But I also want to go to another World Cup or a European Championships with another international team or with Ireland.
“I did quite fancy it actually – I just got approached and asked. I thought about it and I’d have enjoyed it – trying to take another team to a World Cup does appeal.
“I’d sooner take Ireland to another World Cup, but taking another one would be fantastic.”
The 52-year-old feels a close bond with the club he once played for, and believes his approach has had a deep rooted impact at Wolverhampton.
“I hope those lads mirror me – they’re consistent, they work hard and they do their jobs, they are unfussy. I would hope the team reflects my personality.
“To play for me, they know what they’re going to have to give and I know what I want out of them. They’ve got to run around because if you don’t, you don’t play.
“They give me everything – as I do for them. The players have to buy into it – and some don’t. And the ones that haven’t, don’t play or aren’t here."
McCarthy sees his approach as "considered", but he still feels he has much more to think about.
“I still haven’t lost that desire to win, but I’m more considered. I use that word a lot myself – I think about things a little bit more," he added.
“Sometimes I might fly off the handle – which is necessary from time to time – but I hope I’m becoming a better manager."
The former Irish international also revealed his recipe for success that allowed Wolves to once again taste the Premiership in 2009, a footballing feast they've dined on ever since.
“We get young, ambitious, talented, athletic players. I get people in to work hard – that’s my stamp on the club. We had to change the make-up of the place, the club couldn’t afford to keep those older, senior players either.
“I wanted young, hungry and ambitious players and that’s what we got. They all knew they were at a good club as well. No one came here as a sidewards or downward step.
“Players have improved individually and blossomed into Premier League footballers.
“I can’t see what anyone has to dislike about the ethos."
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