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McCarthy on the brink

McCarthy on the brink

I've often referred to the 'Mick McCarthy out bandwagon' for many years on Vital Wolves.

For the past couple of seasons its emergence and disappearance have been predictable, so much so that this season I predicted when it would begin to pick up some momentum and joked at it.

But one thing I didn't predict this season though was just how much momentum it would gather over the past couple of months, so much so that it certainly isn't a laughing matter any more.

It has now got to the stage that even public backing from owner Steve Morgan cannot stop the bandwagon picking up more speed as it carriers down the hill uncontrollably.

Even club sponsors have made McCarthy odds on to be sacked.

Sky Bet have installed McCarthy to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job as 2/5 favourite.

Even a late comment on Monday from chief executive Jez Moxey that stated that they were backing him by way of a third signing has done little to ease the pressure on McCarthy.

McCarthy however has remained as defiant as ever: 'The biggest reason as to how I cope is that I don't listen to the backdrop of what fans are saying, I do not go around in a glass cabinet - I am fully aware of what is going on.' he told Sky Sports.

He continued: 'If you listen to it, you would go off your head anyway. I just make sure I get on with it with Terry Connor, Pat Mountain and Steve Weaver and we try to find a result.

'It is a results business but performances have been very good. We have played very well in recent weeks and I cannot question the performances at all.

'I would not have done anything differently against Chelsea and Tottenham and I could not have done anything to make us any better.'

Vital Wolves Comment: I wouldn't necessarily agree with Mick regarding the performances, I would be a hypocrite if I did considering how I responded to our recent FA Cup games with Birmingham, however I still support our Mick.

I am fully aware that I am just one of a ever decreasing group that still back McCarthy, I personally believe that Morgan and Moxey are still members of that group, so the only question is whether they will stick to their beliefs or listen to the pressure that is mounting.

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Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
Time: 9:36AM


Quoting MM's response to the pressure to sack him, Akela includes the manager's assertion that 'I would not have done anything differently against Chelsea and Tottenham and I could not have done anything to make us any better.' Well, that's the problem: he does not know what to do to get us out of this mess. So, he made the point in relation to two top sides but we threw away points in both games, at least partly due to basic player-error (poor coaching) and a lack of tactical flexibility (managerial naivete). And in other games, as against AV on Saturday, the same faults have constantly let us down. Unlike Akela, I have long thought that MM could not take us any further (or even keep us in the PL) and it is an indication of how general this feeling is if a staunch supporter like him thinks that it is time for him to go. But is it too late to effect the change before the transfer window ends? Perhaps, but we have seen how a new, competent manager can improve a team's performance without buying in players, at least in the short term. Every time I look at Sunderland's results, I feel sick.
24/01/2012 10:53:00
I dont know Akela, I have been calling for his head, consistently, for well over a year now (if not longer) That sentiment reached crescendo end of last season when we limped in at half time 3 down to Rovers... I know i sound like a broken record, even Im tired of hearing my bile towards the idiot, but that's just it - he is completely out of his depth at this level, and alays will be... Therefore, I will always be pushing for him to be replaced. We wont progress, in fact, very much look like being relegated with him in charge. Ad Mant says Mick Out !
24/01/2012 10:55:00
The good thing about this website is we have all have our own views and we all create good debate around it, I'm not yet calling for his head, I don't think now is the time like southbank suggests and I think he can still keep us up, but something does have to change, we do need something new added to the side, preferably goals, but they do not come cheap.
24/01/2012 11:27:00
I suspect that they come cheaper than relegation, losing your top players, continuing to play hoofball. Let's face it...if we go down you can kiss goodby to Fletcher, Henno, Doyle ( not that that matters), jarvis and maybe jOH. 8 mill on a striker suddenly doesn't seem to be a big lay out and get Gardner in too.
24/01/2012 14:08:00
Surely getting rid of clipboard might lighten some pressure,a new face to help with tactics/coaching,its not rocket science!.
Crete Wolf
24/01/2012 14:12:00
I can see MM's point when he says he 'wouldn't have done anything differently' in the games against Chelsea,Spurs and Villa.A late goal by Lampard (who shouldn't have been on the pitch); a well organised team performance at WHL, restricting the 'best team in the country' (my a***!) to, mainly, long distance pot-shots and the best period of play we've managed since the beginning of the season, against Villa.Things have drastically improved of late, but because of the poor points return from the first half of the season, we now, ironically, are in the relegation places, for the first time.If we continue to play as well as we have in those three games, then there is light at the end of the tunnel. It's being particularly contrary not to acknowledge that good performances don't always yield the points deserved and I think two draws and a win from those three games wouldn't have been flattering to us.To continue with that good league form, though, we have to hope and pray that we don't lose anymore first-teamers to suspensions and injuries;the Blues games served as a sobering reminder of how ineffective the second XI are- even when served up a second string championship team, they decided they weren't hungry enough.Morgan wanted (and as another window closes, apparently still does) things done on the cheap. No expense spared on his building projects, whilst no expense spent would sum up his attitude to team building.It's at his door I lay the blame for us not progressing this season and only him sacking MM would convince me that i've read it wrong. Morgan knows that he could have spent more and it's that knowledge, I believe, which means MM is going nowhere.
24/01/2012 17:19:00
I agree, A4D: MM is going nowhere....and neither are Wolves.!!
25/01/2012 04:56:00
He's now 8/13 in the Sack Race. Looks like the storm of interest, in that market, has abated. Fools and their money...
25/01/2012 09:11:00
Picking up a post which A4D made in an earlier thread now buried below, I agree with him that the board has a subtext, which is not wholly focused on maximising success on the field. If that is so, one can see why he perseveres with MM, who is willing ‘to toe the line’. In this respect, we were never going to replace MM with O’Neill or Hughes, who would have insisted on a large ‘war chest’ to buy in players and more money to pay their inflated wages. Of course, it is a bonus if the team stays in the PL and with Mick SM and JM have calculated they have a person who will just about manage to achieve that aim without constantly banging on about large sums of cash needed to improve the club’s position. Where A4D and I differ is in our confidence in MM’s ability to deliver survival ... or, at least, the coaching team's ability because I feel that MM would do better with a new assistant. As A4D argues, we have been playing better recently and I hope that it does mark a real turning point in our fortunes. It’s no coincidence that it (more or less) coincides with the arrival of Frimpong. Never mind, if it works I’ll give credit to MM for bringing him in ... and for getting Kightly back on his feet again. But, I have had my hopes raised before and I need to see a run of good, that is, better results before I can start to dare to hope. If we had started the season with the Arsenal match I might have been more upbeat about our chances but, as A4D pointed out, we had a dreadful first half of the season. And, who was responsible for that? A4D, fancy a pint at the Liverpool game if I manage to sneak out?
26/01/2012 11:36:00
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