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Was McCarthy really on the brink of the sack?

The game against Sunderland turned in the space of 30 seconds. Did Mick McCarthy's career also turn at the same time?

When Sebastian Larsson belly-flopped his way to a penalty for Sunderland, Wolves were caught starring into the abyss.

A spot kick from 12 yards to send Wolves 2-0 behind with less than 20 minutes remaining, looked certain to cement a record of nine defeats in eleven.

Would that have been too much for our Mick McCarthy to survive? Would the Molineux board really have considered spending this week looking for a new manager if that run of defeats had continued last weekend?

"I`m probably the most pragmatic, straightforward and honest manager you`ll ever come across.

"No, it couldn`t have gone on." McCarthy told the Express & Star.

So in the space of 30 seconds, McCarthy went from dreaming about clearing his desk, to watching Wayne Hennessey save Larsson's penalty to watching Steven Fletcher find the equaliser.

With the wind at their backs, the momentum shifted and Wolves piled forward and eight minutes later, Fletcher had bagged a second and with it the three points.

Wolves are now four points clear of the bottom three and McCarthy has gained some breathing space.

McCarthy added: "I`m more than aware results will ultimately determine what happens to me, But I`m also aware that most supporters want me to do well.

"You`ll never please everyone, but I reckon 80 per cent of the supporters would be in my favour if you asked them.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 7 2011

Time: 10:59AM

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It's strange that MM should admit to it because it puts more pressure on him. It suggests that he feels that he has weathered the storm and that he has passed a test, which management presumably set him. Bizarre! I find it hard to believe that SM and JM told him that he was out if the team lost to Sunderland but safe if it won, no matter what else happened during the course of the season. If MM was given an ultimatum, he surely still has a long way to go to secure his position. In this respect, the run-up to the January transfer-window is critical. If we discount the MU and Arsenal matches, we really have to do well in the three home matches against beatable opponents. I would set the figure at seven points, though this could be modified according to the performance of our relegation rivals. In any case, we need to be bobbing along above the drop zone if we want to attract reinforcements ... or a new high-class manager.
southbank60
Over on the run up to New year thread on the forum I've got us down for taking five points in our next games until new year.
akela
Really pleased for McCarthy, who has not only done a superb job, but also seems like a great bloke as well
Oxfordspur
As far as the league position is concerned, I think we are as high as we could have reasonably have expected to be, with the squad we started the season with.The only question over MM, is whether he did or didn't turn down funds in the summer. If he did then I should imagine he was on thinner ice than he's experienced with SM before. If he was restricted in the summer due to promised expenditure elsewhere then I think he was as safe as houses. JM has most recently been quoted on the subject as having 'held back' funds in the summer, for possible use in Jan.This following reports that MM hadn't used all monies made available to him. I think the answer to who was responsible for that decision, holds the key to MM's job security.
all4divisions
ALL4D i think MM turned down the money because he could notget the players he wanted ie Craig Gardener and also believed he had a better squad than he thought and would not be fighting relegation. which has proved to be totally wrong i think he will buy 1or even 2 players and try to get 2 on loanbecause the squad needs a shake up and some of these players are just not good enough which MM has now found out which because of his pig headedness nearly lost him his job
kiawolves
One win does not make up for the way the team has been performing for most of the season so far,I think he is still under pressure and will be until results improve.Notice I said 'results' not result,Sunderland should have been beaten by us at home,everyone else has been beating them!!.Next two home games are the important ones if he can win those we have a chance,if he loses those I think hes gone.UTW.
Crete Wolf
I would say it was the results that were applying the pressure,and that he would have seriously considered resigning had we lost - only for SM to reject his resignation had he done so. Already, the task of singling out possible new signings being top proprity in the eyes of many (not mine), looking for a new manager first into whose scheme of things they would have to fit, would have been a task too many in so short a time.
lovesW
 

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