The 39-year-old’s appointment has been met with much fanfare despite his only previous coaching experience coming in the form of a short stint at Belgian club Sint-Truidense VV as an assistant coach to Chris O'Loughlin.
Nevertheless, speaking to the media, McCarthy has stated that he has learnt from some of the best coaches in the world and indicated that his coaching style is similar to that of former coach Jose Mourinho.
However, the Bafana’s all-time goalscorer maintains that he is his own man.
"Mourinho was very efficient and effective. He's a born winner and he's a players' manager. He took the time to know the players and put his hand around players when they were not doing so good. Everyone was pulling in the same direction," McCarthy told the media.
"I want players to feel comfortable. They should be able to trust me like I trust them. So, we must have an open relationship with a lot of respect," he explained.
"I've picked up a little bit of everything, but I don't want to be like Mourinho. The only thing I will take from him is that he is a trophy (winning) man and I want to add that to my game," McCarthy concluded.