The Citizens host Polokwane City in an MTN8 clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday and McCarthy was frank about his emotions as he approaches the first hurdle.
“It’s a massive step for me now you know I’m in charge and like I said I’m nervous as hell,” McCarthy told reporters yesterday after their training session in Green point.
“I think I’m a little frustrated that this pre-season has dragged on for so long like it [the start of the season] was never coming.
"Saturday can’t even come any quicker, you know because I just want these butterflies to go away now and I want to start living a normal life now that the league has started. I don’t want to feel like I need to go to the toilet every five minutes thinking ‘how long?’
"So, yeah, I just want to get Saturday out of the way so that the guys can get settled."
The Bafana Bafana record goal scorer also lauded his troops for their professionalism and maturity, adding that they have made his transition into management fairly smooth.
“I think I couldn’t have gone into battle with - for my first game - a better bunch such as these guys, you know. They’ve been super professional, very helpful and willing to learn.
“It really made my job a little bit easier. They’re quite disciplined and there’s no big ego’s in the team so I didn’t have to had one-on-one’s to put players in their place.
“Of course I’m a tough cookie, a tough character and obviously as you all know footballers have egos, they're characters… but this team has just been so… a little bit too nice for my liking,” McCarthy joked.
McCarthy says the desire and hunger in the eyes of his players excites him and it’s evident the Citizens are raring to go on Saturday.
“The guys all want to replicate last season’s success and they don’t want people to say they’re one-hit wonders.
“They’ve got now another thing to prove which is perfect for me as I can rely on them to prove themselves for the second year in the league,” McCarthy concluded.