Mick McCarthy speaks out on Sunderland return rumours and reveals why he was in region

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Mick McCarthy has revealed he would "love" to manage again in the Premier League - but has played down talk of a return to League One-bound Sunderland.

McCarthy admitted an untimely trip to Sunderland last week started some gossip about a return to the Black Cats.

The 59-year-old, who left Championship side Ipswich last month, was travelling on a train to pick up a car in Sunderland the day after Chris Coleman left the club.

McCarthy was spotted by a train worker, who saw an opportunity to make a bit of money.

"The cleaner saw me and did a double take," McCarthy told the Danny Baker Show on Five Live.

"He said 'are you Mick McCarthy? You're after the Sunderland job aren't you?'.

"I said 'I'm not actually. I'm going to see a friend and pick a car up'.

"He said 'I don't believe you, you're going for the Sunderland job'. So he walked off and came back and said 'I've had 100 quid on at 11/8'."

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McCarthy was also spotted in Sunderland by fans, and after posing for selfies, rumours started on social media that he would be returning to the club he left in 2006.

He said he would love to get back into football at some stage, and has had offers from Australia, South Africa and Israel.

"They all kind of appeal to me, to get back into work," said McCarthy. "But it's a bit far.

"I would love to get back in the Premier League at some stage."