Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time was right for Mick McCarthy to leave Wolves

Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked manager Mick McCarthy after his team suffered a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The defeat resulted in Wolves dropping into the relegation zone.


A club statement read: “ The board took the difficult decision to terminate Mick’s contract after a run of form which has seen Wolves pick up only 14 points in the last 22 League games, after a promising start to the season, culminating in yesterday’s 5-1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.

“Terry Connor will take charge of team training in the interim until a new manager is appointed. The board would like to place on record their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mick McCarthy and he leaves with the very best wishes of everyone connected to the club. The club will be issuing a fuller statement in due course.”


Wolves have been on an awful run of form in recent weeks which has saw them dragged deep into the relegation battle. The recent form has led to fan unrest at Molineux and it looked like the manager had lost the backing of the majority of the clubs fans.

McCarthy apologised for his teams poor display against the Baggies but I think the players need to take a long-hard look at themselves and accept some responsibility. West Brom haven’t exactly been on fire this season but Wolves made the Baggies look like a top team.


Not only does it seem like McCarthy had lost the fans but it seems like he had also lost the dressing room. The players didn’t seem to want to play for the former-Ireland boss anymore. They just haven’t been showing up in recent games and a lot of that is down to the manager.


Earlier in the season I defended Mick McCarthy after Wolves fans berated him during a home match against Swansea. However the results in recent games have not been gone enough to keep him in his job. I don’t think I can defend him after Wolves recent run of form.


I’m sure all Wolves fans are grateful to Mick for helping the club to promotion from the Championship in 2009. He has done a decent job putting together a squad that has survived in the Premier League the last couple of seasons. In recent months though its just started to unravel.


Wolves made a superb start to the season but they couldn’t carry on that impressive form showed in the first three games of the season and have struggled to find consistency since. It was clear after yesterdays result that Mick was living on borrowed time.


Mick McCarthy is not nothing if not honest and he told it how it was after the game. He looked like a man that had no fight left in him in his post-match interview.

It really does seem like the correct time for Wolves and their manager to go their separate ways. As much as I like Mick McCarthy I think the Wolves board have made the right decision by sacking him.


Wolves are now looking for a replacement for the former-Ireland boss. The current favourite seems to be former-Sunderland boss Steve Bruce. It remains to be seen who the next Wolves boss will be but whomever they are they now have a chance of stopping the rot at Molineux.

A change was needed as the team seemed to have gone stale under McCarthy. Maybe his sacking and the appointment of a new boss could be enough to see Wolves maintain their Premier League status for another season.

Were the Wolves board correct to sack Mick McCarthy?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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