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McCarthy is a victim of his own success

If Fabio Capello had resigned from the England post in 2010, Roy Hodgson would have been one of the bookies favourites before taking the Liverpool hot seat.

His work at Fulham was remarkable, taking an unfashionable team to the UEFA Cup final after initially steering them clear of the relegation dropzone.

But with Capello locked into his England contract at the time, Hodgson moved on to Liverpool where he failed to live up to expectation, for whatever reason he wasn't given the patience needed to turn Liverpool around, some said he was a victim of his own previous success, the expectation levels were placed a little too high, too quickly for him.

Now at West Brom, Hodgson led WBA to their best finish in the top flight in nearly 30 years (11th in the Premier League) last season and they sit five points ahead of ourselves heading into the derby on Sunday.

As a man who has gone through fan pressure before and has been dethroned because of it, Hodgson is well qualified to discuss McCarthy's recent relationship with the fans.

"He`s done a magnificent job and so has the owner there, Wolverhampton is a well-run club and it`s a case of expectations when you do well. He took them up and they stayed in the league, then people want to see you move on even further.' He told the Birmingham Mail.

He continued: "But the expectations unfortunately impact upon people and the world of football is full of people who do good jobs taking the team up and then lose the job because they can`t do as well in the league above.

"That`s a fairly common occurrence.

"Unfortunately, when you bring the team up the barrier gets raised and, if you don`t bring the players in that match that, then it can be very difficult.

A fair assessment one would have to say, from a man who despite the team he currently manages I have a lot of respect for.

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 9 2012

Time: 12:00PM

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No. Mccarthy was a huge success in the Championship but is proving yet again with another club that he is clueless in the Premiership. Not only is he incompetent at this level, i think his win rate is only 15% , he also alienates himself by having a go at sections of tha fans who dare criticse his failure, and confounds things further by his arrogance and blatant favouritism with less capable players. HE BROUGHT ALL OF THIS ON HIMSELF.
AdMant
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09/02/2012 15:19:00

Admant i agree but he is trying to put things right has he has got rid of Elikobl to Forest on loan for rest of season. This is the reason we cant bring people of decent quality in because we have to much deadwood to try and get out first. But at least hes haveing a go with Keogh and now Elikobi and to lesser extent depending on your views of him Goudieora.
kiawolves
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09/02/2012 16:01:00

Ha! Ha! Roy. That's the best joke I've heard for over two-and-a-half seasons.
Southbank60
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09/02/2012 20:52:00

Yes there is too much deadwood,the question is who bought in all the deadwood???,all these players to get rid of and we get no money for them as well!. I'd love to know how much we got for Keogh?,we have been saying for what seems like an eternity that big George was not up to prem standard and Merlin kept saying that he was!,the penny has finally dropped. Well we beat ten men last week,lets see if we can beat eleven,if not there's an Italian looking for a job?and no I dont mean the Cruise captain!!.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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10/02/2012 10:11:00

Capello wouldn't be the first Italian to abandon a sinking ship!!
BIG TASTY
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10/02/2012 13:53:00

Crete Wolf sorry if it was the cruise captain he would have already jumped ship. Hopefully MM has had his eyes opened at last and now realises some of these players are not good enough.
kiawolves
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10/02/2012 14:54:00

As I said in the article, I agree with Roy, I know I'm in the minority with this but the expectation levels for us to do more than just survive in the Premier League is down to Mick's success, he got us here, he has kept us here and he will continue to slowly establish us into a solid top flight team. Of course we want to push on up, but at least we know we are doing it the right way and not setting ourselves up for a fall like other clubs.
akela
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10/02/2012 15:22:00

It's all about patience (which is something I clearly didn't have when I pressed the submit button too early on my previous post!)
akela
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10/02/2012 15:23:00

How much patience are we expected to have, Akela?
Southbank60
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10/02/2012 16:58:00

SB60 as much as it takes we have some very good players but the down side we have some very bad ones as well. We need everyone fit and to play the way we know we can, if we could put the first half of the ASTON VILLA match and the second half of the QPR game we could beat most teams. But thats been the trouble all season to inconsistent and to many mistakes but hopefully after the performance against QPR it could be some thing to look forward to. Now as it looks like Doyle has got his mojo back and Bassong looks to have steaded the defence we just need another win and a clean sheet against WB and it could be lift of.
kiawolves
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10/02/2012 18:13:00

This headline could also be called "McCarthy is a victim of his of his own mistakes",arguments for both scenarios,what would your headline be?,oh better watch it,its starting to sound like a site poll. It is now down to one match at a time,he can be glorified or vilified within the space of 24 hrs,as I said earlier I am now giving full support and will give my thoughts at seasons end. I thought last year if we went down he would be given a chance to get us back,I think that has now changed,if we do get relegated I think he will be gone.UTW.
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11/02/2012 09:35:00

 

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