Mick McCarthy once watched racy TV at David Connolly’s house – ‘I was looking for football and I got something completely different!’

5 Sep

Mick McCarthy’s eyes once ‘came out of his head’ when he sat down to watch television at David Connolly’s house – only to tune into some questionable content.

Connolly, the former Ireland forward, joined Kick Off on talkSPORT earlier this week and recalled the time McCarthy asked to stay around his house in Holland.

While the 42-year-old willingly accepted the request and welcomed his national team manager into his abode, things did not go smoothly.

McCarthy insists he was only trying to watch football
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Not only did Connolly’s wife have to clean up – which included getting rid of a wasp nest – but the hosts were shocked when McCarthy turned on the TV and saw what can only be described as ‘racy’ footage!

Connolly did not divulge any information regarding what was on the screen, though he did tell his hilarious story on talkSPORT.

“He came to watch me in Holland for a night game,” said Connolly, “and after the game he asked: ‘could I stay at yours?’

“I said: ‘What? You want to stay at mine? At my house? If you want to…’

“So I got home to my wife and said: ‘Mick McCarthy wants to stay here, can you go and tidy upstairs?’

“And we’ve got a wasp nest upstairs so she has to go and hoover them up pretty quickly!

“But I tell you what; Mick made himself right at home.

“He sat down in the chair and got the television remote… and he got very comfortable.


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“In Holland they have cable, Canal+, and he turned it on and his eyes nearly came out of his head, because after 11pm it can become a bit racy.

“’Bloody hell, Dave! What is this?’

“I thought it was a disaster! He’s here watching things he shouldn’t be seeing and he’ll be stung in the morning and never come back.”

McCarthy himself joined talkSPORT on Thursday morning and, naturally, Connolly’s story was brought up.

And he confirmed the tale as true, revealing just how he managed to tune into the risque channels.

David Connolly told the hilarious story on talkSPORT’s Kick Off show
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The Ireland boss said: “The reason I asked to stay is because I heard he had a good collection of movies in his house.

“I was a bit worried about the content on his television… I went straight to bed and left them to it.

“The truth of the television is absolutely that: I was looking for football and I got something completely different!”

Listen to David Connolly’s hilarious story, in full, above…

Manchester United urged to sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill on free transfer

4 Jul

Manchester United have been told to sign former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill on a free contract this summer.

The 33-year-old is on the lookout for a new club following his release by the Blues at the end of last month.

Cahill spent seven-and-a-half years with the Blues and won eight major trophies – including two Premier League titles and the Champions League
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And David Connolly, the former Republic of Ireland forward who had spells with Wigan and Sunderland in the Premier League, believes the Red Devils could use a player like Cahill as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his playing squad.

United are trying to sign Harry Maguire, the Leicester centre-back, but risk being priced out of a deal by his huge £90million valuation, while they have also faced resistance in their attempts to bring in Issa Diop from West Ham.

talkSPORT understands Man United must pay at least £90million to sign Maguire this summer
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Connolly, however, believes there are alternate targets United should be looking at.

He told talkSPORT: “There are deals out there. [Toby] Alderweireld is available for £25million and Gary Cahill has just gone on a free.

“Now, what harm would it be to take a Gary Cahill, with all his experience and winners’ medals, into the building? It’s that experience, you might have lost a lot, well get someone in that would give that!

“Look, he’s not going to bring the ball out from the back like if they had a Harry Maguire. But he’s a top, top centre-half who looks as fit as a flea.

“Obviously he hasn’t played that much, but he looks after himself. So why not someone like that? Under Sir Alex [Ferguson], he would always make an ageing, loanee signing, a Henrik Larsson or they had [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic [under Jose Mourinho] for example.

“Someone like that at the back would do terrifically for them.”

Mauricio Pochettino would be winning the Premier League at Manchester City or Liverpool, according to David Connolly

5 May

Mauricio Pochettino would win the Premier League title if he was at Manchester City or Liverpool.

That’s according to former West Ham United and Republic of Ireland striker David Connolly, who watched as Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino would have won the Premier League title at Liverpool or Man City, according to Connolly

Spurs would have guaranteed Champions League football next season had they won on the south coast but red cards for Heung-min Son and Juan Foyth killed their chances of that as they fell to Nathan Ake’s late goal.

The Londoners looked set to earn a valiant point in what would have been their first away draw of the season until Ake headed home an injury-time corner for the Cherries.

And Connolly believes it is vitally important the Argentine boss remains in charge so all his hard work is not wasted.

“To me, he’s the sort of figurehead you want leading your football club,” he said.

Juan Foyth joined Heung-Min Son in the dressing room just three minutes after the restart at Bournemouth

“He’s a man full of integrity and what a top, top guy.

“I just don’t want it wasted for him.

“Because I feel if he was at another club, a [Manchester] City or a Liverpool, he would be winning the title.”