Mick McCarthy has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is considering quitting as coach of the Republic of Ireland.

McCarthy has been under pressure since the Roy Keanne fiasco at last summer’s World Cup finals and his position has been further undermined by successive defeats in Ireland’s opening two Euro 2004 qualification matches

The former Millwall boss says he will discuss his future with the FAI and also his players.

He told The Times: ‘I want to sit down, chat with them (the FAI) and see what we’re doing, how things are.

‘I’ll speak to a few players also. I’ll have a chat with all of them. Let’s see how they feel.’

‘I’ve been involved with Ireland since 1984 as a player, coach and manager and I’ve given absolutely everything.

‘But there also comes a time when you recognise that enough is enough. At the end of it, I’ll do what is good for the team and Irish football.

‘If it was for the best for me not to be there, I would have to consider it. But I’m still doing the job until something happens to change my mind.’