By Gareth James
Mick McCarthy has agreed a new two year deal with Cardiff City – just 10 games after joining the club.
The 62-year-old has signed a contract until the summer of 2023 along with long-time assist Terry Connor after reviving City’s fortunes.
McCarthy was handed a deal until the end of this season when he took over from Neil Harris in January with the Bluebirds on the end of a six game losing streak.
He said then he was happy to wait until the end of this season before opening talking about continuing, but owner Vincent Tan has seen enough with City having gone from a club potentially looking at a survival scrap to one in the promotion hunt.
“TC and I have enjoyed every minute of the time we’ve had at this great club so far and we’re delighted to be staying,” said McCarthy, who was not the universal choice of fans to succeed Harris.
“I’d like to thank Vincent for offering us the opportunity to do that.
“The players have responded to us over these past ten games in the manner we hoped they would, and it’s a pleasure working with them each day in training.
“Credit to them for the efforts they’ve put in so far and the results they’ve earned. They’re enjoying it and deservedly so. I’m very much looking forward to the future.”
Bluebirds owner Tan said: “Mick and Terry have done a fantastic job over these past two months and I’m thrilled that they will be staying with us longer term.
“Mick is an experienced and respected manager whose work ethic, discipline and honesty I respect and admire. I am confident that he is the right man for our club and the right man to take us forward.
“I’m sure that our supporters are enjoying what they’re seeing from their team again and will echo my sentiments and sincerest best wishes to Mick and Terry.”
McCarthy’s men travel to Huddersfield Town on Friday in eighth place, just two points behind sixth-placed Bournemouth.