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Thanks for the memories Mick

Over five-and-a-half years, 270 games, the Championship title and three successive seasons in the Premier League.

Mick McCarthy quite frankly was the most successful manager Molineux has seen in over 30 years.

He was a likeable guy, always open and honest, sometimes to his detriment, but you couldn't fault his commitment and passion to the cause.

Despite everything he had achieved, mounting pressure from the more vocal part of the fan base had built so much pressure on McCarthy that following the 5-1 defeat to West Brom, Steve Morgan ended a relationship that had brought this club so much.

McCarthy has always split the fans, for years we've written countless articles about whether he should go or not. Even after the poor recent form fans were still divided, the majority of comments might have been anti-McCarthy, but our current poll shows he still had plenty of support, with only a majority of 57% thinking it was right to sack him.

But what's done is done and while we can all argue over what was right and wrong, the man himself has left Molineux just as impeccably as he arrived there.

He went around and shock everyone by the hand before he left, the personal touch to the very end, before releasing a statement.

'I just want to thank everyone for what has been nearly six wonderful years, I feel we've achieved a lot both for me personally and as a club.' our Mick told Wolves Official Website.

He added: 'I've had a great working relationship with everybody at the club and would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success that we've had, and also to the fans who have supported me through thick and thin.

'I really feel it is a privilege to have managed such a great club and I've had the best of times.

Showing his class he ended his message by adding: 'I want to send my best wishes to everybody and also to the new guy that comes in.

'And to everyone - please stay up!'

Wolves Official Website have put together a great free video of Mick's time at Molineux, some fantastic quotes and some fantastic memories.

MM might not stand for Merlin the Magician, but looking back, Moxey and Morgan will do well to magic up someone who can bring as much entertainment over the next 5-and-a-half years to Molineux.

Thanks for the memories Mick.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 14 2012

Time: 12:00PM

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Having calmed down a little from the desperation on Sunday, and Jubilation Yesterday, I feel I need to add my name to the list of good folk thanking Mick for what he actually did achieve for this club. The near instant return in his first year, and nuceleus of talented youngsters that he brought to the club. His frugality and nack for finding bargain unknowns went along way to keeping us financially stable and still able to compere in matches, especially at Championship level. Thank you for changing the fortunes of my beloved Wolves, and giving us a springboard on which we can try to build Premiership Stability. If the rumours are to be believed, I am sure you are the best candidate to get Leeds promoted.
AdMant
I echo that sentiment however stand by the opinion that it was time for change.
Rustmonkey
When, years ago, it was rumoured that MM might leave to take up the post of manager of an international side (I forget which one), I was distraught. After all, he had extricated us from the post-Hoddle mess and into the PL. He deserves enormous credit for that. Even so, like AdMant, I have no wish to appear hypocritical and I am pleased that he has gone ... but with my good wishes. It's not merely that he could not take us to the next stage, rather there was a real danger that with him still at the helm, we would slip back to where he found us in the first place. Even by his own quirky standards, his team selections and tactics were becoming inreasingly bizarre (three strikers and powder-puff midfield against the Baggies?) and I think that they were causing confusion and consternation among the players. Once a manager has lost the dressing room, especially one filled with competent, if limited, players, there's no going back. The only way forward is to start afresh but, as the pro-MM lobby never tires of pointing out, it's no easy matter to get it right. We can turn it round- look what MON is doing at Sunderland- but can any of the cited candidates do the same? If we do go down (and I think that's highly likely, even with a burst of honeymoon energy), at least we can think again - and for the long-term- in the summer. Specifically, we need someone who can inject power, pace and movement into our side, add a cutting edge up front and solidity at the back. These are the basic requirments for players in the PL and demonstrably many of those in our squad are not achieving those aims. Whether that is due to poor coaching or down to their own shortcomings will soon become apparent. Well, I hope the person, whom we appoint is capable of liberating or building in those skills ... and doing it very quickly.
Southbank60
I have a strange feeling we are all being thrown a curve ball. I think Graham Souness may be our 13 game firefighter. It stands to reason that Morgan would lookmtomhis heroes. It wouldn't be a bad shout either. Who doesn't see GS has a legend in footballing terms. Maybe the injection of enthusiasm our players need. A no messing, tough tackling Jock with a reputation to die for.
Rustmonkey
SB60 have you NOT read my statement on why MM went look at the site before this. I would like to say i was not a grest fan of MM When he first joined but as the years went by and we progressed in to the PL HE GREW ON ME . Then it is now the PL the first season was easy PORTSMOUTH in admin Burnley not good enough and West Ham in turmoil second season found a lot more difficult survived by one point after spending who knows 15-18 million. then this season comes up and what do we do in the transfer market NOTHING one defender for the third worst defence in the league. As a have already stated in the site before this the reasons why MM was sacked but for five and a half seasons up to now the guy was brilliant and got us where we are and i mean in the PL but it was time for him to go all the best Mick Macarthy for what you have done for WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS.
kiawolves
rUSTMONKEY GS has stated at the moment in time he has no desire to return to football management
kiawolves
Kiawolves: I had read your post and agreed with it. Indeed, I put forward the conspiracy theory in an earlier thread. But, like you, I don't think MM has made proper use of the resources at his disposal. It is also clear that he had run out of ideas and that the players, confused by his tactics and, perhaps, his poor management skills, no longer had confidence in his abilty as a coach and manager. He had to go. It looks as though we are going to get Curbishley in his place. Of the rumoured short list of three, he is by far the best candidate.
Southbank60
Totally agree do not want Warnock or that pillock Bruce.
kiawolves
I am gutted that Mick has gone at this time of the season, and for me there is no one out there who has what is needed to get us out of the problem we are in at the moment! If we are to get to where we want for me there is only one choice, Ian Holloway, however would he want to join a sinking ship!
supersparkes
I cannot see Ian Holloway wanting to leave Blackpool, he very openly admitted his mistakes at leaving Plymouth for Leicester when he was on a high and I doubt he would make the same mistake again.
akela
Agreed Akela all I was saying was he was my choice, he would be foolish to leave Blackpool though!!
supersparkes
Nice article Akela! I think its fair to say that when Mick returns to the Mol with his new team he will get a splendid reception. And rightly so!! I think its also fair to say that this is a one horse race for the managers post with both Morgan and Curbs making the right noises in the press. Its a mere formality surely. Especially when all the other contenders were either previously sacked for being crap or are complete gambles. Rustmonkey- Souness??? You'd want that C***? He and his consortium (yes I still remember) can f*** right off!!
BIG TASTY
Thanks Big Tasty, always enjoy getting some feedback, especially of a positive nature :) Not surprised to see that on our poll 31% are going for Curbishley, while 24% would like to see Mick back!
akela
 

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