Wednesday, October 26, 2011

McCarthy pulls no punches

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has never been one to mince his words, the Yorkshireman tells it like it is and I imagine his team-talks – in the confines of the dressing room – are even more forthright.

Sat in front of the media this week McCarthy was true to form once more, launching a scathing attack on a section of the club’s support.

Those fans in question booed the Wolves boss with the side 2-0 down to Swansea on Saturday, chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ rang round the ground as he made a double substitution in the second  half – he would be vindicated when his side grabbed two late goals to secure a point. 

That said, the club still remain just two points above the drop zone and among the favourites in the relegation betting.

Speaking a few days after the game McCarthy wasn’t holding back, labelling some fans "mindless idiots" for booing the team at every opportunity.

"Let me clear something up, it doesn't help. Let's not give any of the dissenting voices, the mindless idiots that do it, any credit," he said.

"I almost think some turn up hoping it is going to be that way so they can have their whinge and get shot of the manager. They are not going to get shot of the chairman or the players, so it's a case of, 'Let's give it to the gaffer'.

"I've done a great job here. I came five years ago, there were only 10 players here and just a million quid to spend.

"Five years on, we are in our third year in the Premier League and building the new stadium - but we are having a tough time.

"Come on, give the lads a bit of support. Don't be giving us aggravation. I think they have short memories.

"But I've also had unbelievable support this week, from the players, everyone at the club, and from fans writing and emailing in. There is solidarity there."

I have to agree with McCarthy here, the natives at Molineux do seem to be a bit impatient – they booed their former captain Karl Henry a few weeks ago, with current skipper Roger Johnson then labelling them a disgrace. If you bet on relegation Wolves are never far from people’s thoughts, so what do the supporters expect? 

Their attempts to earn promotion to the Premier League were consistently hampered by a toxic home atmosphere that often put undue pressure on the players. It is never nice to see your team lose, but maybe Wanderers fans need to remember where they were a few years ago and try and gain some sense of perspective.

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