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I still back McCarthy

I still back McCarthy

I know I appear to be in the minority at the moment, but I remain firmly in the camp that backs our Mick.

I took the same stance last season while covering various comments from those of you who follow Vital Wolves either on the message board, article comments, facebook or twitter.

Around about this time last season the pressure started to heat up for McCarthy and the squad, as we battled to survive in the Premier League for the first time.

Fast-forward 12 months and we avoided the drop and rather convincingly in the end, we've enjoyed another summer of spending (compare what we've spent to others in the league) and enjoyed a more progressive style of football (in my view anyway).

Last season we lacked goals, I don't think many would argue that was the case this season, but the problem has been a bit of bad luck with our recent run of fixtures and defensive frailties.

Any club is going to struggle with a fixture list which includes Chelsea, Manchester United (twice), Manchester City and Arsenal and we even managed to take 3 points from that run against City.

But fitness and mentally, that run must have affected the players, basically speaking we've forgotten how to win.

So, hitting an inform Bolton side who are now dreaming of Europe, was a bit of bad timing! Then we had the Blackpool game, which included a wonder goal and another that shouldn't have stood.

Luck just hasn't been on our side of late and you should never underestimate luck (just ask Chelsea after their match with Birmingham).

Of course there was also the inevitable mistakes from usually reliable players, but these things happen and I personally think Mick McCarthy is still the man to turn it around.

Right now does he have the answers? Who knows really! Probably not. But I have no doubts that he will stumble upon the right formula again this season, just like he did last year, stick with it and we'll slowly rise back up the table towards the end of the season.

Second season syndrome was always the fear and as long as we avoid the drop, that's a successful season and there is still plenty of time for us to do that.

When McCarthy knows his best system and eleven, he'll show faith in it and that in itself breeds confidence.

The big problem is that the pressure building on McCarthy means that we need to start picking up results immediately to satisfy the supporters and media who will continue to build up the pressure.

Put simply, McCarthy needs to figure things out sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately for Mick it is Sunderland up next and once again lady luck throws an in form side at us.

If Sunderland take the points at Molineux and lets face it they could in the form they are in (unbeaten in four with wins over Stoke and Chelsea and draws with Tottenham and Everton), we will be heading into December with 10 defeats from 12 games.

With a run like that and pressure continuing to build, chairman Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey will be starring at a cross roads, sack Mick and hope that a new manager can quickly turn things around with players he doesn't know and players who don't know him, or stick with the man who built this squad, who knows the players better than anyone and hopefully a squad of players who feel some kind of respect and loyalty to a man who has turned it around before.

I prefer the better the devil you know route..

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Date:Tuesday November 23 2010
Time: 12:00PM


It's so difficult at the moment to support mick but he has done brilliantly for us.. and wer'e in the toughest league in the world.. we have been unfortunate this season.. with a bit more luck we could have 20 point instead of 9.. we are good enough to stay up and we will.. we need to pull together and stick with our mick... look at what happend with hull and burnley last year after they changed managers, and newcastle the year before!! changing the manager is not the way to go!!
23/11/2010 12:51:00
Finally words of wisdom on here again! Nail on head akela.
Wolf Man
23/11/2010 14:55:00
"defensive frailties" ... "bad luck" ... oh dear.
Ad Mant
23/11/2010 16:04:00
You are right to warn us against taking a knee-jerk reaction and, as you point out, a new manager will take time to bed in (though honeymoons can have a beneficial effect). However, I feel you are being a little disingenuous with your comments on MM and the reasons why we are in such a mess. Over a period of time good and bad luck evens itself out and, given how dreadfully we have started most games, we could have shipped a lot more goals. We were particularly lucky to get a point against WHU. Bad luck did not prevent us from scoring and getting points: it's bad technique, tiredness, poor tactics &c. Varney will never score a similar goal in 100 years but Foley should have won the ball. Defensive errors are losing us games too. You want us to give MM a vote of confidence that he will find the solution and will keep us up. However, you do not seem to sure. Can you be confident that he will stumble upon the right formula? And if he does (and that is doubtful), can we be certain that he will play the right people in the right positions. Moreover, as you point out, once he has made up his mind, he puts his faith in it, regardless if the players are manifestly not as good as some of the others or are playing out of position. I would also like to squash the notion that we are too good to go down because we have played well (though losing) against the top sides and, look, didn't we beat Manchester City. I quick glance at the results over this season indicates that a number of lesser sides have not only being playing well against the top ones but have beaten them too. Birmingham 1 Chelsea 0, for instance. This is our problem: we cannot expect our relagation rivals to lose these matches. By Christmas we could find ourselves many points cut adrift, perhaps along with WHU. Where is this year's equivalent of the 4-5-1 of last year. We've tried it this time round and it isn't getting us the results. If we really play that system rather than its more flexible friend 4-3-3, something we have been trying, we might start drawing matches (but not if we continue to make elementary defensive lapses) but we need to win games. I think our problem lies with the defence rather than with the attack. Ward and Berra and for other reasons, Stearman, are liabilities and should give way. I read a Paddy the Flea blog in which he praised Berra before adding that, when beaten, he blocked or tugged a shirt, hardly ideal but effective. No it isn't: his foul play has cost us goals. I am pleased he cannot play on Saturday so that Mouyokolo has a chance to prove himself.
23/11/2010 17:23:00
Southbank I don't want you to give Mick McCarthy a vote of confidence, I think we're all old enough and ugly enough to come to our own conclusions. I'm not trying to persuade anyone one way or the other, simply putting my rambling thoughts down in black and white. Is Mick the greatest manager walking the planet? no, but is there anyone out there who would do a better job than him between now and the end of the season? I would say the answer to that is probably a no as well. Honeymoon periods are not always guaranteed for managers, just ask Avram Grant.
24/11/2010 11:25:00
How about we hear something from WWFC, in particular Morgan... no one wants a busy-body Owner meddling with team selections and the like, but some bloody words of wisdom, to give us some confidence that they know what the hell they are doing. We hear nothing, just Micks same old same old... Ramble Ramble ramble... Southbank, Im in complete agreement with you - Ive liked Moyokol, and van Damme for that instance, Ward, Berra and Stears are not Premiership material and the sooner we can get Moyokolo, Zubar and hopefully VD playing regularly the better. PS Why dont we have a seasoned French defender trialling with the club??? If we didnt ship 3 *****in goals in the first half we would be ok with chipping in a solitary goal upfront this is a complete joke...
Ad Mant
24/11/2010 14:53:00
Akela: as ever, you are the voice of moderation and reason and that's why I tried to balance the pros and cons in my later blog. However, I think we both showed our own specific stance on the issue, ending up slightly on different sides of the mid-line.
25/11/2010 12:12:00
I have an article lined up in reference to this, merely sharing my views as we all have and shall continue to do so. I want Mick to turn this around and do not, underline, do not ask for his dismissal but just in reference to the above- who would replace. Good question, with Martin O'Neill the standout name. I assume he is 'local after all' (another Tubs & Edward reference) so whilst some find it hard to imagine him taking the job, which devalues us in my opinion, I think he would jump at it based on the aforementioned added to the challenging situation. Before people get their knickers in a twist, I repeat that I support Mick and truly hope he turns it around. Speaking in reference. In the meant time drinks should be planned for us Vital Wolves prior to the Wigan game.
New York City Wolf
25/11/2010 22:04:00
I want MM to succeed, as he did last year, but it's so much harder this time. Apart from fewer sure bets for relegation, our rivals are gaining points (even winning games) against top opposition. We have to consider our options now so that we can use the January window effectively. Will we have turned the corner under MM by then and, if not, will he choose wisely in the transfer market? Would a new manager disrupt the team, fatally delaying recovery, or would he bring in new ideas and galvanise the players? Would he be better placed to attract quality recruits? We can all agree that we have to support the team with all our might tomorrow. Regarding the Wigan match, it would be great to meet up for a drink before the Wigan game. I can see why NYCW and perhaps Crete Wolf will be there as it's the time exiles return to see the family, but for the same reason I will not be able to make it. Pity. What about a celebration when we secure our position in the Premier League ... 25 May 2014?
26/11/2010 08:55:00
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