It wasn’t a huge surprise today when news broke that the Wolves board had finally lost patience and sacked manager Mick McCarthy. A 5-1 defeat at home to anyone will have supporters and chairman up in arms, but when it comes against a fierce local rival, live on the TV, today’s events were almost inevitable.
McCarthy had been in charge since July 2006, guiding Wolves into the Premier League as Championship winners in 2008-09 and keeping them there for a 3rd successive season. But a recent run of poor form which yielded just one win from 13 games was ultimately the last straw for chief executive Jez Moxey.
There had been unrest amongst supporters earlier in the season following a 2-2 draw against Swansea where a minority chanted for him to be removed. But opinion has been clearly split in the stands all season, as even during yesterday’s game, you could see several Wolves fans arguing with each other over the rights and wrongs of backing or sacking the manager.
Moxey believes he had to act in the best interests of the club “Mick McCarthy has done a fantastic job but if we continued in this way we were definitely going to be relegated”
“The trend was only going one way and when we lost 5-1 at home to West Brom we had to act. This has been a decision we’ve taken with a heavy heart. We’ve had brilliant times with Mick McCarthy and it is sad it has to come to an end. But i’m sure it won’t be long before he’s back in management.”
Sunday’s defeat to their black country neighbours left Wolves in the relegation zone on goal difference with 21 points from 26 played.
So what now for Wolves? Although you can understand the decision, the timing does seem strange. Whoever comes in now only has 13 games to turn the club around and no transfer window to deal in. It will be a hard task for any manager to save their season in such a short amount of time.
Even QPR, who brought in Mark Hughes and several new players during the January transfer window have struggled to steer the ship so far. In fact Wolves only victory in those 13 games, came at Loftus Road last time out. Football really is a funny old game.
The bookies have former West Ham manager Alan Curbishley as 3-1 favourite to succeed McCarthy, with Steve Bruce, Ian Holloway and Neil Warnock also being quoted at short prices.
Curbishley famously saved West Ham from relegation on the last day of the season after taking over from Alan Pardew in the 2006/7 season, managing 7 wins from their final 9 games so he certainly has the pedigree.
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