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McCarthy backed by majority

McCarthy backed by majority

On Vital Wolves the future of Mick McCarthy seems to never really fade away.

Regular readers will know that I fully backed him to lead us to safety in our first season in the Premier League and I remained positive towards the end of last season that he would once again steer us to safety.

But one of the great things about this site is the debate and the wide ranging views and different opinions, not only on the article comments but also on the articles we publish.

While I have backed him, it's fair to say some of the other writers are less convinced and over the past two years we've debated the topic on numerous occasions.

With the end of season upon on us, it was obvious the topic would arise again and seanlyncha7x suggested our recent poll: Is Mick McCarthy the man to take us into the next season?

60% believe he is the man to take us into next season, 38% believe he isn't, while 2% sat on the fence.

So how has opinion changed since our promotion to the top flight?

6 months ago we asked: How much time should be given to the coaching staff to get things right?

Poll Date: 18 Oct 2010

38% were Happy as things are, 20% wanted to wait until the end of the season, 6% wanted to wait a month, while 6% wanted to wait for the January transfer window.

Only 30% wanted McCarthy gone immediately.

As an interesting comparison, rewind 18 months and we asked the very same question again.

Similar to the previous poll, it was mid-season in our first year in the Premier League, but McCarthy gained a majority backing then as well.

Should Vital Wolves support Mick McCarthy as boss?

Poll Date: 30 Nov 2009

54% voted yes, 4% wanted to wait to Christmas, 3% wanted to wait till the end of the season, 2% sat on the fence undecided.

37% wanted him gone.

Through the magic of the Vital Wolves archives, we can even go back to February 2008.

Wolves were sitting 12th in the Championship, with 15 games to go.

Has Mick McCarthy still got your support? The poll asked?

58% said yes, 10% were unsure, 38% said no.

Wolves of course went on to miss out on the play-offs that year.

Tell us what you think

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Date:Saturday June 4 2011
Time: 10:00AM


I am happy to stick with Merlin for now and review at xmas as I have stated many times in the past.I would however like to see an expierienced coach added to the staff to bring in some new ideas/tactics.
Crete Wolf
04/06/2011 10:17:00
Crete Wolf's view is also mine. I have expressed my concerns in the past and have indicated my reasons why. But, he did keep us up, does enjoy the support of board and players alike and seems to have adopted a more flexible, proactive stance. It's only fair to give him a chance and see how he performs between now and the January window.
04/06/2011 11:02:00
Akela that basically says its been the same percentages since hes been here lol , So people never liked him when he came and will never accept him , Correct ? thats how it looks to me lol
04/06/2011 11:09:00
I too agree with Create, someone added to the coaching staff, like Chris Hughton (It's possible) to bring in new ideas and freshen things up, while heeping Mick and Terry as manager and assistant.
04/06/2011 12:17:00
I remain supportive of MM, because I haven't been given reason not to be. Other than the very few, obvious exeptions I doubt his approval rating differs greatly from the majority of managers in all four divisions.We know what his most obvious quality is, he's kept what is, in the main, a championship level team in the PL for two seasons. As a man and a professional I doubt finishing fourth from bottom will rest easy with him. What we'll find out in our third season is wether or not he can bring in more(apparently) gifted players and still maintain the commitment level of the team. I think there's a lot that MM wants to prove about himself at this level and hopefully that personal drive and ambition will benefit us all. Top of the bottom seven is realistic, I think, for a club in it's third premiership season. Newly promoted teams have to be dealt with as teams have dealt with us these past two years. They should be viewed as a source of 4 points minimum and a boost to our goal difference.Onwards and , hopefully, upwards............god I hate the close season!
Sancho Panza
04/06/2011 12:23:00
"Only fair to give him a chance"? "Give him til Christmas"? Numpties out again I see. He's kept us up two season on the trot, with an improved points total and a vital win over Albion, yet you still moan. Makes me sick.
Tooting Wolf
04/06/2011 13:57:00
With three minutes to go in the last match we were down and he would have gone. Under such circumstances, he has to prove that it won't happen next year. It was too close for comfort and we shouldn't have been in that position at that time. Yes, we did beat WBA - and to embellish your point - we also beat MU, MC, Chelsea at home and Liverpool away - but we did not turn up for a number the matches we should have won, the ones which really mattered. In earlier blogs I have enumerated possible reasons for the pathetic displays that I witnessed and someone has to own up. I think that MM deserves our thanks and I do rate him as one of our better managers. Moreover, he might be capable of scraping us through again ... but I want more for my club than that and I wonder if he can take us to the next level. Perhaps he can: that might surprise you but, as I have written in earlier posts, he seems to have adopted a more pragmatic, flexible stance as a result of the scare and this could lead to an improvement in our results next season. In the end, you can slag me off for my opinion until you explode with the effort but others with more power than me will also be carefully watching his performance over the next half year. Indeed, we should all be prepared to do so. A jingoistic attitude- my club and manager can do no wrong whatever the circumstances or results - is not helpful. That's why I choose to exercise my critical faculties.
04/06/2011 14:38:00
MM would not have gone had we gone down, quoting Mr. Chairman; when I made a mention of this and elaborated on it, that was the end of that thread. What's best not heard is not heard. I am with Tooting Wolf.
04/06/2011 14:59:00
Sublime response Banks. I credit Mick with changing the culture of the club, although this was effectively imposed upon him regardless. Either way he saw us to promotion and kept us up in that all important first season. I don't buy in to second season syndrome whoever dreamt that one up. To me it would be more a case of 'You got the rub of the green first time round but you failed to eradicate your errors, showed no sign of improvement, got worse and guess what- relegated' oh, Syndrome. It's jibber. Credit for the promotion and staying up but last season was nothing to celebrate. Also, to single out the win against Albion- if that is all we have to play for we'd settle for the conference and hope to draw them in the cup? When I was younger I did buy into all of that but at some point, whilst rivalry continued I saw it differently. Perhaps it is because I was away from the locality but my brain appeared to have trained itself in the lead up to the Albion game last season and they presented as just another side and one that we really had to beat. We did. Our form at the end of the season did little to inspire aside from those back to back wins. It served a purpose however in that it failed to paper over any cracks. It needs a great improvement. I like the Hughton suggestion but there is no way he would play third fiddle. He will have a job of his own soon enough and if anything we would have to get rid of TC and probably offer him effectively the assistant manager role. I don't see it happening and Terry must throw a pretty good christmas party because his position at the club seems safer than anyones.
New York City Wolf
04/06/2011 15:06:00
LovesW: you may be right but we will never know. What I do know is that MM constantly stated and restated the mantra, 'Judge me at the end of 22 May and not before'. And we have: we stayed up and I am willing to back him until events determine otherwise. However, had we gone down he was condemned by his own words. He would have had to go.
04/06/2011 15:33:00
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