Mick McCarthy has always been a national treasure here in Ireland. From his days as 'Captain Fantastic' in Jack Charlton's Italia '90 squad right through to when he guided us to a respectable second round World Cup exit in 2002, despite all the Saipan business that went before it.
Part of the Yorkshireman's charm is his ability to spin out a good yarn when the television cameras are on him. These talents are clearly not lost on those at BT Sport who had Mick on as a guest on their PL Tonight show over the weekend.
Amid a range of light-hearted anecdotes about his career in playing and management, McCarthy told one about his former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Jay Bothroyd which didn't go down too well.
Basically, Bothroyd had scored a goal for the Midlands club, but after giving Mick a "look of dissent" afterwards, Mick immediately substituted the Englishman.
Check out the clip below starting at around the 0:44 mark...
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 13, 2018
All well and good except the comments didn't go down well in the Bothroyd camp at all. The player immediately hit back with a tweet which read:
'I guess your tagging me to try and entice me into a response. Who would believe my words? Managers always win!
'Yea Mick’s got some great stories, ask him about the one when he head butted a player after the game then wanted him to apologise to him in front of the squad!!.
To quote Bart Simpson upon learning Homer was off to Clown College, "I don't think any of us expected him to say that."
We await Mick's inevitably frosty response.