After seven wins from his opening ten matches, Cardiff City have announced that Head Coach Mick McCarthy has agreed a new two-year deal at the club.
It is hard to claim that McCarthy is undeserving of an extended contract, too.
Prior to his arrival, the Bluebirds had succumbed to defeat in six of their last seven league matches, a rotten run which saw them languish in fifteenth place.
So when McCarthy took the reigns, the requirement on his experienced shoulders was to simply avoid gravitating into a relegation battle.
Now though, the expectations are much more appealing.
A phenomenal ten match unbeaten run including seven victories has incredibly propelled Cardiff into shock playoff contenders, sitting two points off sixth-placed Bournemouth at the time of writing.
It truly speaks volumes of the veteran’s immense influence that, before he was appointed, a thirteen point gap separated Cardiff from the top six.
According to reports, McCarthy’s scintillating success had not floated under the radar either.
Numerous sources had linked him to the vacant Celtic job and perhaps that only accelerated Cardiff’s decision to tie the coach down to a new deal.
Thankfully though, the future of the former Wolves boss now looks to be in the Welsh Capital.
Speaking to the club’s website, McCarthy said “TC (assistant Terry Connor) and I have enjoyed every minute of the time we’ve had at this great club so far and we’re delighted to be staying. I’d like to thank Vincent for offering us the opportunity to do that.
“The players have responded to us over these past ten games in the manner we hoped they would, and it’s a pleasure working with them each day in training.
“Credit to them for the efforts they’ve put in so far and the results they’ve earned. They’re enjoying it and deservedly so. I’m very much looking forward to the future.”
And club owner Vincent Tan was also filled with boundless praise over McCarthy’s inspired resurgence.
“Mick and Terry have done a fantastic job over these past two months and I’m thrilled that they will be staying with us longer term” said Tan.
“Mick is an experienced and respected manager who’s work ethic, discipline and honesty I respect and admire. I am confident he is the right man for our club and the right man to take us forward.
“I’m sure that our supporters are enjoying what they’re seeing from our team again and will echo my best sentiments and wishes to Mick and Terry”.
For me, there is not a solitary criticism you can tarnish McCarthy’s brief, yet thoroughly dignified tenure at the Cardiff City stadium with.
It is not pretty, it is not glamorous and it is certainly not going to indulge the ‘total football’ fanatics, but McCarthy has crafted an effective style and approach that suits Cardiff down to the ground, subsequently juicing each last drop of talent out of every player who he fields.
Along with this, the cherished gaffer has married his tactical potency with a refreshing reinvigoration of the team’s spirit.
In stark contrast to the earlier stages of the campaign, the players look confident in their abilities and, due to McCarthy’s man-management skills coming to full fruition, have eradicated the errors and lapses of concentration out of their game.
There is little shame in previously possessing pessimism towards the appointment but as we speak in the present, you can only sit back in awe at the remarkable resurrection that the 62-year old has unprecedentedly conjured in South Wales.
And even if Cardiff conclusively fall short of a top six finish, nothing can be taken away from just how well McCarthy has done since venturing into the City dugout.