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VIDEO: 20 years on since Mick McCarthy’s first match in charge of the Republic of Ireland

World Cup 2002 Republic of Ireland 21/5/2002 Manager Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane pass each other during training Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Andrew Paton
Mick McCarthy’s reign had plenty of ups and downs [Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Andrew Paton]
TWENTY years ago today, Mick McCarthy took charge of the Republic of Ireland for the first time, and it didn’t quite go to plan.

With a missed penalty, a red card, a disallowed goal and, ultimately, a 2-0 friendly defeat to a skilful Russia side, it’s fair to say ‘Big Mick’ didn’t get off to a great start.

It was March 27, 1996, but little did we know that this early set-back was the beginning of a memorable rollercoaster ride for McCarthy and his talented crop of players.

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Can you remember who got sent off or who missed the penalty? Have a look back at the highlights below.

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