Mick McCarthy, looking pensive and serious, turns slowly to acknowledge the approaching camera with a slight smile and a gentle arching of his eyebrows, all as George Michael's swirling saxophone sounds play over the scene.

Yes, Mick McCarthy has been confirmed as Ireland's football manager for a period of two years, after which he will be replaced by newly-minted Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny following the completion of Euro 2020.

If 'Careless Whisper' doesn't get a blast during at least ONE of Ireland's matches of his two-year tenure, then what even was the point of bringing him back?