It’s always the same narrative whenever Ireland get to a major tournament. Ah jaysus lads, the craic will be mighty, sure we’ll sing a song and have a bit of a laugh. In order to get away from that attitude and balance out columns from two of the other home nation’s stars in Teddy Sheringham and Neville Southall, Paddy’s brought in one of the big guns of Irish international football. Think back to all of Ireland’s greatest tournaments. Stuttgart in Euro 88. The stunning run to the quarter finals at the World Cup in 1990 in Italy. The World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002. One man was a part of them all. Not Shane Long, but Mick McCarthy. The Barnsley-born McCarthy was a hard hitting defender for his hometown club, Celtic and Manchester City among other sides during a 15 year career before successfully going into management, winning the Championship twice. He brought Ireland to the World Cup as manager in 2002 having captained them at Euro 88 and Italia 90. A heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat to Spain saw McCarthy’s reign as manager end in defeat but he’s now signed up to Paddy Power for exclusive columns during Euro 2016.