Thank you Mick

It was July 2006 when the plight of our beloved club was typified by my guffawing Sunday League pub manager.

Training on St Edmund’s School’s pitches, the gaffer took one look at a similar shambles on the Compton field next door and chortled: “I’d ask them for a game lads, but they’ve only got nine men!”

Nine players, one proud Yorkshireman and the task of fashioning a silk purse from a complete pig’s ear.

In delivering the ‘impossible dream’, Mick McCarthy did something even more remarkable – he created a romance between team and fans that a Sherpa Van couldn’t even deliver.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the love affair is over, in the saddest ending of all.

Where Shakespeare does tragedy, comedy and romance, Mick McCarthy did all three, quite often at the same time.

A no-nonsense Romeo back in 2008/9, Mick leaves the stage like King Lear, all alone, exposed and nowhere left to go.

In remembering the good times, I recall that 5-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest at home, by a team I’ll never forget.

That his last game ended in the same scoreline is too poetic for words.

Even his most halcyon days were often played out in wonder, as Nigel Quashie came in, Mark Davies went out and Chris Iwelumo was dropped altogether.

As is ever the case with Mick McCarthy, he always did things his way.

And just like the great Frank Sinatra himself, maybe we should just remember the good times and not these miserable latter ones.

Frank occasionally forgot the words, stopped hitting the hardest notes and eventually fell over on a Virginia stage.

So while today’s announcement is music to many fans’ ears, it certainly isn’t to mine, however much I agree with it.

Emulating Mick McCarthy in 2012 isn’t the hard part anymore.

Emulating him back in the day would have been nigh-impossible, but not even Ol’ Blue Eyes could hold that note forever.

Comments

  1. Kowloon Wolf says:

    Can’t really respond to this excellent tribute with anything objective. Being based overseas, I never saw his Championship winning team. All I have known from him is the struggle,the scrapping and the shift-working which has generally been our Premier League existence. Mediocrity (or often outright wretchedness) interspersed with the all too rare decent performance. It has been on the whole quite painful to endure.

    No flowers.

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    • just been reading micks comments on the website…for all of the debate about tactics , strategy or whatever he leaves the club in a better place than he found it and for that he has my thanks…all the best

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  2. Mate, you should win a Pulitzer for this. Pure poetry! I bet even tough as old boots Mick would have a moistening of the eyes if he reads this. Think you’ve about summed it up though.

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  3. Thomas says:

    Can’t add anything mate, summed up my thoughts exactly.

    Love the Sinatra analogy.

    The stubborn bastard did it his way right to the end.

    And it has to be said, after the dross of Hoddle, even Mick’s lowest moments were improvement on that.

    Farewell.

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    • How can losing 5 – 1 at home to West Bromwich Albion be an improvement on Hoddle’s regime? Hoddle is hated but don’t remember him calling the fans mindless idiots.

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      • Oh dear. Something poetic about that.

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        • yesterday was my worst memory of a match in 20 years of been a season ticket holder. Hoddle was hated but people need to stop drawing comparisons with what’s gone on. Problem is people cannot help it, you compare someone against failure and you don’t progress and this is what has happened. McCarthy did his job of achieving promotion but everyone knows this team was not going forward but anyone who questioned it would be hit by “do you not remember Hoddle?”.

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          • True – holding up Hoddle as a point of comparison is futile and won’t move the club forwards. However, I always thought the ‘mindless idiots’ episode was a big shame. Because I think it’s obvious how much he did for Wolves: Tim Nash’s insightful article in the E&S alludes to it all, much of which he’ll never get full credit for. And it seems that all isn’t as it perhaps might seem with Morgan too.

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            • You are right, he achieved a lot and just hearing some of the names we are being linked with makes me realise that grass is not always greener. I have a short memory and while I think Mick had reached the end he is a much more likeable chap than Jez Moxey. Just scared of who we are going to go for now.

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      • Well Hoddle didn’t even get us to the Premier League to contest a match at the highest level. Yes, the last six months have been the worst for a long time, but it wasn’t ALL bad.

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        • Look I am not here to defend Hoddle, he was not committed to wolves clearly. However, I just think yesterday was the worst thing I have ever seen, sorry if this annoys people.

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      • Hamlet says:

        Hoddle was a mindless idiot!

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      • Thomas says:

        Ha, Dan – you’re a confrontational swine do you know that?!

        The point I was getting at is that under Hoddle there was nothing to even get remotely excited about – just the purgatory of midtable Championship football.

        I hardly remember even going to a match under him and caring enough to get angry.

        It was just a period of, well, nothing.

        At least with Mick we had fantastic highs to go with the catastrophic lows.

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        • yes I agree regarding the apathy under Hoddle and it was a terrible time to be a wolves fan. I do remember in Mick’s first games how pleased I was that the team had such energy and were up for it. Maybe I have taken this for granted. To be honest I do not feel celebrating today anyway, I lost faith in Morgan and Moxey when I saw the stadium expansion and the spin around a new training ground. Apologies if I come across as confrontational, many of my friends would put this down to small mans syndrome. Up the Wolves.

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          • Tafkag says:

            It’s true, he’s horribly hairy as well. Imagine a hungover Koala with rabies and you’re close to Dan talking about the Wolves

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  4. e frendo says:

    Sad it had to end this way…maybe, the players themselves should have a long hard look at themselves. The elementary mistakes we witnessed against the Albion surely weren’t Mick’s fault! Maybe he was too honest, he defended the players too much. Thanks Mick!

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  5. Do you think Mick had to do with this sacking? An honest hardworking individual who destryed Liverpool chelsea united and city with his skills last year? And no one has done that that year!! I came from Mlat 4000 miles away to watch wolves being beaten by liverpool. Just before the game Moxey came, and than Morgan. I shouted for a picture and nobody gave me a glance. Bully came and was taking photos with everybody. Are these the people running wolves? Go Mick Go may you find a team that destroys us everytime!!!!!!!!!

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  6. This is the best tribute I have read today and expresses how I feel. Really sad and the decision and personally feel it is crazy, and wrong. Before you make this kind of choice you have to look at who is around to fill the position, and the betting list is HORRENDOUS. They also can make no changes till the summer, so we should have played out the season and then made the decision. When Mick was in charge I would have done my early bird first day, now it is going to be a wait and see, I am certainly less optamistic today than I was yesterday.

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  7. alf white says:

    Honest and hardworking-but ultimately not enough nouse. Wasn’t helped by MOXEY and MORGAN who
    didn’t invest in the summer.
    Good luck Mick you suffered from lack of respect from board just as we the supporters did-you didn’t help yourself when we were called “mindless idiots”.

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  8. Move on…. He will

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  9. Hurrah!
    Finally he has gone.
    I do not mind who we get, he will get my support & hopefully motivate the players to keep us up for another season.
    I remember that 5-1 thrashing of Forest but it is past and the 5-1 thrashing by WBA, needs to be addressed and used as a platform to keep us in the Premiership.
    Still the first step, which is the end of Mick, has been completed and lets hope it reaps dividends.

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  10. Northern Wolf says:

    It’s a shame that his sterling work at the start of his tenure will probably be overshadowed by this season – it almost certainly will be if we’re relegated. Hopefully we’ll survive and the good times with Mick will be the memories.

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  11. sleachy says:

    The periods in my life where I have attended most Wolves games have (with the exception of the 03/04 campaign) been in the second tier of English football. Anyone who was closely associated with the Wolves throughout the 90s and most of the 00s cannot possibly begrudge the fact that Mick prevailed where countless others had failed – and got us back in to the top flight.

    After the promotion, Mick seems to have progressively alienated more and more people, now apparently (finally) including Mr Morgan.

    For some this began in our first season back up, with the decision to drop the entire first team at Old Trafford and play for 3 points against Burnley on the weekend. I was at that game, fortunately living in Manchester at the time I hadn’t had to fork out for travel on top of the £42 ticket, but I would still have liked to have been informed BEFORE paying for the ticket that we weren’t going to try and win. In the cold light of day I saw the logic here, and Mick was vindicated with a maximum haul on the Saturday.

    Since then, a weekly succession of bewildering selection and tactical decisions have seen increasing numbers of fans call his tenure into question. But then he’d do something like inspire a win against Man U and all would be forgiven once more.

    These tactical / selection anomalies gradually ebbed away at MM’s base of support on the terraces, but what drove the largest number of nails into his managerial coffin (forgetting yesterday – not that I ever think I’ll be able to) was labelling anyone who dares disagree with him a ‘numpty’. Then when his new captain Johnson joined in, and then Jez Moxey, it became inevitable that too many fans had been too insulted to ever forgive MM – especially as our results this season have been woeful.

    For those of us who could see the writing on the wall (I’d say at least 3 quarters of the readers of this blog) the biggest question to come out of all of this has to be why the fudge did we not act sooner and get either O’Neill or Hughes in with time to buy some players and keep us up?

    Whoever comes in, I still think our players are good enough to keep us up, and hope that the new manager is capable of getting some big performances out of them.

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    • I’m glad we missed out on Hughes – just don’t rate him and as for O’Neill, he would never have come to our club especially wih a CEO like Moxey at the helm

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      • Hamlet says:

        QPR under Hughes lost to us and to Blackburn, and have quite a few games against top sides coming up. Hughes has his work cut out for him.

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  12. Norsk Wolf says:

    A very big thank you Mick for delvering us from the Championship but now is the time to move on. I have always liked MM and have been accused of falling into the category of a Happy Clapper but he does seem to have reached the end of the road and things need to be freshened up. The decision has been made and we must stick together as club and supporters we have more than enough games left to turn things around. It is now for the players to stand up and be counted.

    Yesterday was just the culmination of our sad existence in this league. Now for Moxey to go would be a good day. Let Mr Morgan show the fans that he is serious about this club and that does not include building a super stadium before we have a team that can compete regulary for a place in the top half of this league.

    They took a gamble on a couple of loan players (good ones at that) which has backfired stupendously and we are all left dreading the end of the season. Mick has done a sterling job to get us up when the laughable Hoddle walked away just before a season started. For that I will be truly grateful and always have a special smile for MM but sometimes you just have to face the facts no matter how much it hurts. A case of cruel to be kind so by Mick and all the best for the future but unless you go to a club where the cheque book is open for you I can see you always bringing teams up from the division below, but that ain’t a bad job in itself and especially for those teams that try so hard to get to the PL.

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  13. Hamlet says:

    The circumstances of Mick’s dismissal is a huge shame given what he’s done for us, but it was definitely the right move – things would have only become more poisonous should we have lost to Newcastle and Fulham, and Mick doesn’t deserve that!

    Mick’s done some great things for this club, and he has the thanks of all Wolves fans for that! I wish him the best of luck in the future! Now let’s hope the next manager can continue the good work that both Mick McCarthy and Graham Turner have done for us!

    By the way… brilliant blog Ben!

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  14. sheffieldwolf says:

    I can’t add anything that article summed it up for me. One man has been responsible for the situation we find ourselves in for better and worse. His mickisms lit up match of the day whilst his honest hard working team were at times a privilege to watch. His team was never going to set the world alight with flair or grace but damn they worked hard. I think once the dust has settled he’ll be remembered fondly and I wish him the absolute best of luck.

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  15. These are the days says:

    Nice one Ben.

    Some great memories ay?

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  16. While it was the right decision, the favourites in the betting list don’t fill me with joy. Bruce, Warnock, Holloway. No. They’re no improvement on McCarthy. Curbishley perhaps, but even that doesn’t fill me with joy. Thanks for the memories Mick.

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    • sheffieldwolf says:

      I share your concern, for me it relies on two principles do the club hire someone they think stands a fighting chance of keeping us up i.e: someone who just through their presence and personality can get a team going again (ala O’Neill at Sunderland) for me Curbs is the only man who fits that bill unless we can persuade Keegan out or retirement lol.

      Or do we take it that staying up is becoming less likely and therefore look to a manager who can rebuild and get us promoted first time for instance Warnock or Holloway (arguably in which case why sack Mick as he’s probably got one of the best records of building promotion chasing teams).

      I think we can probably read a lot into the mentality of the board in this next appointment. As JM and SM are involved I fully expect us to announce the we have appointed Terry Connor permanently and spent the money saved improving the corporate facilities for next season.

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      • Relegation hasn’t even come into Morgan’s thinking, he won’t entertain the idea, that’s why Mick’s gone. They didn’t want to have to pull the trigger cos they had a decent relationship and Mick didn’t mind doing things on the cheap, but his hand was forced. They’re looking for someone to establish us. Whether he’s out there is a different question.

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        • sheffieldwolf says:

          I hope you’re right. But next to no money for transfers in the summer or January says to me their still trying to do it on a budget.

          I feel for Mick the task he was given was always going to be difficult (he didn’t help himself mind) when you can only really buy one quality signing each year. Doyle, Fletcher, O’hara and Johnson. The rest were makeweights really players with potential. Mick’s biggest problem was Johnson for me whereas Fletch, Doyle and O’hara all proved to be key men in the campaigns they were bought in for. Johnson has flopped and worse proceeded to annoy the core fans. If Johnson had come in and offered the stability at the back that everyone thought he would Mick would still be in a job and we’d be higher up the table (not top 10 mind).

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  17. (Formerly Sir) Fred of Paisley says:

    I recall early in our Championship winning season seeing us destroy Sheffield Wednesday 4 – 1 at the Mol…we were relentless! I also recall the dismantling of West Ham…I would state probably the pinnacle of Mick’s time as our manager…as far as team performance goes. I do thank Mick for doing what none of our recent managers could…getting us into the Prem and keeping us here…but at the end of last season I think the writing was on the wall and the club should’ve acted then…especially if the stories of Mick not being backed in the transfer market are true…its lunacy to have a manager and then not give him the tools to do a job! Isn’t that just biting off your nose to spite your face?

    In short thank you Mick…but it is now time to move on…

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  18. staffordwolf says:

    This brought a tear to my eye, yeah the poor sod has gone, but you should never forget what he has achieved, i’m only 18 and i’m the biggest wolves fan you could meet, the guy has been there for over a third of my life. I still remember the Hoddle era, and how terrible he was. But Mick, I trusted him massively and I am still saying to this day, we will stay up, regardless if he is the manager or not. A true legend in my lifetime, maybe not the older folk who go to the mol on a saturday, but to me, i’ll never forget him. One thing i’m gonna miss is his straight talking Post-match interviews. Good luck in the future Micky, not that you’ll need it!

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    • Thanks Stafford! I think the yardstick of Mick’s reign will be known when he next comes back to Molineux (probably when Leeds play us next season!) However raw many feel right now, I’ve no doubt he’ll get a roaring ovation. He was his own worst enemy and I’ll be intrigued too see how some of our youth players progress now he is gone. McAlinden and co must surely be a bit more hopeful about things right now?
      I wish Mick all the very best and am sure he will do a great job at club like Leeds. He would be perfect for that job. (and knows how to negotiate a slimy fat controller!)

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  19. Well this is a very sad day. Brilliant blog and cheered me up a little. But it still feels like a family pet has passed away. Yeah he ate my favourite shoes but he kept me company. If I was mick I’d have quit after yesterdays horrific display. I do wish him all the best and hope he gets another job soon.

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  20. lilywhitemike says:

    stop slagging off the great man glenn hoddle.

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  21. Baltimore Wolves says:

    He had to go, no question about it. but he wasn’t the problem. This is not a premier league side, and I feel for whatever manager steps in to try and avoid relegation with this side.

    All those who blamed MM for Wolves’ failures will see that it wasn’t entirely his fault at all. A move that had to be made, but just don’t see it changing around our fortunes at all.

    Thank you Mick for 5+ years.

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  22. All the sentiments above have expressed the whirlwind of thoughts I’m experiencing right now. Mick was a fantastic manager for us in the time he’s been here and it’s not entirely his fault that the team is doing as poorly as it is. Graham Taylor voiced the opinion on BBC that Steve Morgan undermined Mick’s authority after the Liverpool loss. I agree. And I like how Morgan was conveniently abroad for the Black Country Derby…. Anyone committed would have been there regardless. That being said, it’s results that matter and we weren’t getting them. Fantastic blog post in tribute, Mick deserves every kind word and not all of the harsh ones.

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  23. Vaeltenulv says:

    Great blog, Ben! And a suitable farewell to one of the greater managers at Wolves – although stubborn and not always able to get the tactics right on the day.
    Best of luck for the future Mick!

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  24. Not a Wolves fan in the slightest but certainly appreciate the plight. Having watched the team a few times over the past 18 months they certainly aren’t the worst team in the division but have often played like it.
    When on the front foot Wolves are a decent side. Committed and engaging – often getting just reward, but, when negative the tactical naivety is there for all to see and you wonder why they are allowed to climb so far back within their own shell.
    I commend Mick for everything he has achieved. But I believe he choose to stick once too many times when he should have played out his hand in 90 minutes. For this, his time has come to an end – now who do the board gamble on?

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  25. Thomas says:

    If anyone can watch this and not shed a single tear, you’re a bigger man than I:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoUNrjrRXw8&feature=player_embedded#!

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  26. Wolves since 79 says:

    Well absolutley gutted about the spanking we took yesterday but as they say every cloud has a silver lining. Its a real shame as to the way Mick’s departure has come about and few could argue that maybe this descision should have been taken about 14 months earlier. Hate to say this but s**t got it right sacking Matteo and installing Hodgson at a time where premership managers were around in abundance. So long Mick thanks for pulling us out the championship and good luck for the future Im sure he will get a good reception if we ever see him in the opposing dugout again IN THE PREM. Im gona plum for Brucie not my or anyone’s 1st choice but my 1st choice has gone taking Sunderland soaring up the league. Well nothing is ever straight forward for us but F**K IT WE ARE WOLVES WE AINT IN IT FOR THE TROPHIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Twixfix says:

    A comparison of Glenda Hoddle, Mick McCarthy and achievement at Wolves is off the scale.

    I know it’s history but MM never ran away or couldn’t face up to it, Hoddle was off like a shot and left MM to pick up the pieces, wot 7 days before the season started. That’s were we have come from .. an awfully long way! To Hoddle finishing in 7th (not even making the playoffs)was a good achievement.

    NO .. Mick deserves heaps of praise for all that he has done for this club in bringing to the promised land. I for one will forever be grateful.

    HOWEVER .. as Mick has said himself “one day he’ll get the sack” and thats the case of every manager one day.

    It’s ultimately a results driven sport (not business) and Mick has paid the price for this.

    I’m am really worried about the FAT CONTROLLER’S comments that the new man must fit the Wolves DNA! .. is that another way of saying shoestring mentality?

    Good luck Mick .. you’re best out of it!

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  28. The way I see it, is to use this motoring analogy:

    Mick was the old first car. The car thats got us to where we are. Sure it has it’s odd character quirks and can be stubborn and doesn’t always work how you want it to. But you love that old car. It got us through the tough times and the struggles by just slogging it through.

    However now we’ve made it to the big time. We’ve got through the mire that is the championship and arrived in the premiership and unfortunately that old car that we know, with all it’s character just won’t do the job any more. We need an upgrade to a cleaner more efficient car that can keep up the pace with of where we now find ourselves.

    Unfortunately it seems we’ve clung onto that old car a bit too long and they’re all sold out of the sporty models that would be perfect for the job.

    So as for the new manager. I’m just waiting to see what we get.

    Fingers crossed a tactical wizard pops up, assesses the team and finds the tactics that can propel us out of the mud.

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  29. Wightwolf says:

    We need someone with fresh ideas – Step forward Steve Clark, he’s been an assistant too long now and is the real driving force behind the Anfield revival.

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  30. Always loved McCarthy, the man, even from his Milwall days. Loved his media personality and I have complete respect for him.
    McCarthy is one of those people who just couldn’t take it to the next level. He is a fantastic Championship manager, probably the best there is, but as a Premiership manager he just doesn’t cut it. We got lucky in our first two seasons up.
    I think his biggest mistake (born from his stubborness and single mindedness) was that he didn’t ask for help in his first season in the Premiership. Mich should have replaced Clipboard Connor with a respected and experienced premiership number 2. I think that decision has finally cost him his job and Wolves premiership status.
    I look forward to our next manager and a period of time where I don’t feel the need to complain – although we’ve still have Moxey to throw stones at!

    Mick’s departure may mean quieter times for the many blogs out there including this one, as a blog thrives on the bad times. Tom and Ben you should be very grateful for McCarthy’s reign at Wolves, because his ability to completely divide fans has enabled you to create by far the best Wolves blog on the web. I just hope the next guy in can reunite our fans, rekindle our belief and still create something we can moan about on this wonderful blog!

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    • Cheers Jed, agree with so much of that. My dream would be to track Mick down in a few weeks and bring up some points for an article, where he can talk candidly about one or two things…It will never happen. Not with a nugget like me!
      As his tenure progressed, it got so unecessarily divisive didn’t it?
      I can barely remember feeling so sad and alienated after the Swansea game, for example. The hate in Mick’s eyes kind of said it all. It needn’t have been like that, but the club genuinely believe we are a fickle lot. (as seen in infamous fans’ parliament and some comments I received after that)
      I hope the PR department nip all the resentment in the bud and create a clean slate for us all to move forward from. I barely remember Mick ever acknowledging us. Once, against Villa, he slated us after we’d sung his name all game! Always was a love hate relationship!

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      • All Mick has ever done is say how great the fans were after a game. He always made a point of saying it in fact. Just because he said the fans who booed or had a go at him were ‘mindless idiots’ or ‘numpties’ didn’t mean he never acknowledged us.

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        • You forgot ‘nuggets’ in our championship winning season, a third isolated insult prior to ‘numpties’ and ‘mindless idiots.’ Please let me know of any examples of him praising us prior to these recent times as I seriously can’t remember one. Actually don’t, I take your word for it mate.
          To flip the question, can you think of another manager to insult his own supporters on 3 separate occasions?
          It matters little I guess, as he has gone. If he calls his next paying public ‘numpties, nuggets or mindless idiots’ ill be amazed.

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          • Hamlet says:

            Mick has talked about the fans and their support almost every game, I think – I certainly noticed it after the ‘mindless idiots’ comment! I believe that Mick had a great love for the club’s fans – he certainly didn’t hate them!

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            • He used the tag “The majority of fans are great………….” He, as the clubs leading spokesperson should never ever abuse the paying members – I lost a lot of respect for him at that point.

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  31. Francis Richardson says:

    It seems to me that Mick had his hands tied behind his back. Players he wanted were not going to accept wages that could be bettered elsewhere, therefore he had to make- do with others & the result is what we are seeing on the field. Is this Mick’s fault or is it Morgan’s fault that he does not have enough money to fund a Premiership side, yet he is wise enough not to overstretch himself like Carson Yeung appears to have done? Blame, if you must, lies in lack of money to buy players of a higher calibre. A club may get away with it for a time, then it goes wrong. The signing of a lower division striker of ability (Doyle in his prime) or a relatively unknown like Odemwingie can put off a decline.

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  32. Tafkag says:

    Moxey says he wants someone who fits the DNA of Wolves. I’ve got a horrible feeling he means someone who will help pull the wool over fans eyes, do everything on the cheap and is a complete yes man. Beware the greasy weasel, for he is cunning

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    • He’s not cunning anymore Tafkag! Just painfully predictable and someone who we can see through for what he is.
      While I agree with the decision, the timing is still lousy. Mick should have gone before the window, but the short sighted prevarication by the fabled ‘Ms’ has cost us big time.
      Call me a cynic, but the timing of the early bird and now this gets me smelling a rat. Zero investment in the window, (despite the E&S saying we had £4.5m to spend) yet a frantic scurry to get us all to invest in his bonus targets ASAP.
      The fans then vent their fury at our Black Country humilation and the finger is then firmly on the trigger, to swerve any attention from Jez Moxey himself.
      We all said (well, most of us) that we were doomed and going one way, and I really resent Jez and Morgan for idly doing nothing and inflicting a completely avoidable BCD humilation on us before acting.
      We didn’t deserve to go through that, and wouldn’t have if the short sighted fools had have bloody woken up.
      It’s a BCD we will never get back, and one that will be thrown in our faces for years and years to come.
      Thanks Jez. And Steve. You business savvy gods of football you.

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      • I resented Jez when he was at Stoke and he’s done nothing to stop me resenting him, in fact I hate him that much I’ve become numb to him – big fat greasy spin inducing scum bag

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      • Thanks for the new stand Steve, seriously thank you. I love what you are doing with the place. Looking forward to having the carpaccio in the new restaurant. When I have finished my bread and butter pudding I will then be in agreement with the E&S that there is truly no better time to be a wolves fan.

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      • Tafkag says:

        You’re right Ben, I’m sure we can agree that Moxey is at least one word start with c-u-n….

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  33. Mark G Davies says:

    A lot of fellow bloggers assume that with a new manager our players are capable of staying up. Well one of MM`s faults was he didn`t seem to appreciate what players needed to compete in the prem. WBA were yards quicker yesterday, more athletic, able to pass and move around our static players at will.
    I fear MM`s legacy is a side of hardworking players, mostly lacking pace, with a defence letting in 2 goals a game, and thats before the last 2 home matches. We are in a mighty mess, whether more astute tacticians can work the oracle remains to be seen.
    As for MM, I feel its like a love affair that should have finished at least a year ago, with some wonderful moments, but most recently some absolute dross. If he gets a £1m payoff as the E&S indicates, then who is the loser here, the club and the fans probably , hardly our ex-boss. Like a bankers bonus, an undeserved payoff, for failure. i`m sorry I just don`t feel sorry for him.

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    • Couldn’t agree more – the only difference a new guy may make is by releasing the shackles and letting them play. We have some decent players, and maybe just maybe with different tactics, they may shine (although I doubt it!).

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  34. What for the future? Is there anybody out there who will do better with the same resource? Probably not. Mick took us somewhere we hadn’t been before with a good team. Thank you Mick and good luck

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  35. Clemens says:

    Brilliant blog! Thanks Ben

    And thank you Mick. It is indeed very sad that his tenure at this great football club should end with such a low. He took us out of the darkness and into the light and for this I will be forever grateful. When Mick next visit the Mol, I sincerely hope that he will be met with a standing ovation as this is what he deserves.

    I will miss him for being honorable, always speak his mind and never complain or cry like a baby. He is a real man and this shone through all of the work that he has done through the 5+ years at the club. As a fellow blogger said earlier, he was his own biggest enemy and maybe spoke when he should not. Like calling the fans numpties.

    However, the last 12 months has clearly shown that he had taken us as far as he could. Strange tactics and team selections aside, is has been clear that the club has not progressed since promotion. Mick has obviously put all his effort into moving the club forward but has not been capable so it has been evident at least to me, that he should have been relieved of his duties in the summer.

    This did not happen and I am of the opinion that Moxey and Morgan have to take a large share of the blame. They did not act in due time and they are at fault for Mick’s departure did not become one that he truly deserved.

    A new manager will have the work cut out for him and I think we will be lucky to stay up. Of the names that have flown around in the air this afternoon, I’d go with Curbishley on a deal to the end of the season. If we go down, get a young and hungry manager and let’s start on a fresh with a clean slate.

    Thank you Mick and best of luck.

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    • Cheers Clemens, too kind! I do worry about Bruce coming in now – without Eric Black thus teaming up with Connor. I have no faith in Morgan or Moxey to make the correct decision, let alone understand bona-fide football factors that should underpin it.

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  36. Thank you indeed. Took us as far as he could.

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  37. Nice blog, and a nice statement from the man himself.

    “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.

    “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.

    “I want to send my best wishes to everybody and also to the new guy that comes in.

    “And to everyone – please stay up!”

    http://www.wolves.co.uk/page/News/0,,10307~2609745,00.html

    If I saw him in the pub I’d buy him a pint.

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    • He’d tell you to piss off!

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    • Will miss you, shame you didn’t have the backing of Moxey. How can he expect to keep a team up without spending money. Will miss seeing you on the touch line from my seat in the Steve Bull. Super Mick.

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      • I noted the West Brom team & how little it cost in the programme from yesterdays debacle. They must have wonderful scouting. Jonas Olsen £800,000, a snip compared to ur less good defence.

        I think that Mick’s style of play ws just not up to Prem football. Kick & punt & our players do not know where to turn when they have the ball. A big improvement is required to hang onto Prem football.

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    • Thanks Neil, and agree, nice comments from Mick

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  38. BAZZA (Selly Oak) says:

    Jez thanks for telling the world about our brilliant training ground and stadium. Notice you weren’t telling them about our brilliant defence. Why then are we seeking to replace the former and not the latter you horrible fat greasy weasel. Stick your early bird up your arse. Moxey out.

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  39. Rob in London says:

    God knows, I wanted Mick out as he clearly wasn’t up to the task of managing in the Premier League. But it’s still a sad day for him and everyone connected with the club.

    McCarthy did a brilliant job transforming a threadbare squad into promotion champions in three years. And for that Wolves fans should always be grateful. But it was clear this season and last that the Premier League was a step too far.

    While it’s easy to blame Mick for our predicament, I hold the board and players just as accountable. Every member of the team that ‘played’ yesterday needs to take a long, hard look at themselves for delivering the most inept performance I have ever seen. And Moxey and Morgan need to realise no manager can consistently keep a team in the Premier League with Championship quality players.

    All the best, Mick.

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  40. Clive from Houston says:

    I just don’t understand.
    For weeks, months and in some cases years, most on this blog and others have been screaming for his head on a platter, vilifying the McDickwadhead for his inept tactics, player choices and lack of footballing brain.
    Now, all of a sudden, it’s Mick this, Mick that , and please can I buy you a pint and wipe your arse.
    Well, fuck that. I for one am as happy as a pig in pink shit that he’s gone.
    His Prem record is abysmal, he treated the players like shit, got rid of or ignored anyone who wasn’t a yes man, and always played his favorites, just like the schoolyard bully he is.
    No, good riddance, I say, this sacking should be seen for exactly what it is, a manager fucked off for a piss poor performance ratio, way beyond his sell by date.
    I don’t care who we get to replace him, no one could do worse.
    We can all start working on getting rid of the weasel and eventually Morgan in the summer.
    FOJM

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    • Rob in London says:

      “I don’t care who we get to replace him, no one could do worse”.

      Really Clive? So you honestly think Steve Bull, for example, would do a better job?

      For all his faults, McCarthy got us promoted and provided some wonderful memories. He also delivered some absolute awful results (not least yesterday’s), but saying no one could do a worse job is simply not true.

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    • sleachy says:

      In a way I’m sorry to see Mick go and pleased to see Jez stay, as I enjoy reading your comments about them so much Clive!

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    • Clemens says:

      Clive, I think there is a general consensus among the posters in this forum that it is the right decision – exactly for the reasons you are listing.

      You can’t blame people for focusing on some of the positives – I’d say that most football fans are quite sentimental.

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    • Well said Clive and I agree totally, having read the comments above.
      I’m glad he has gone.
      It is a new beginning and hopefully we get a breath of fresh air with a new manager who gets rid of Terry Connor.
      But I’m happy McCarthy has gone.
      He was well paid for nearly 6 years and has left the team he managed in a mess…

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    • Hamlet says:

      Mick’s done wonders for this club though – you can’t deny him that! I think most can agree that it didn’t work out in the end but like it or not Mick has left a lasting legacy in Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

      I thought I’d be missing the ‘FOMM’ things from you though, but it seemed that you’d already thought ahead on that!

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  41. Tipsy McStagger says:

    Sad to see MIck go, but it was inevitable following such a thrashing. I think he would have gone in a week or two anyway as we sould surely have continued with the crap performances. Mick was the architetc of his own downfall but I do think he was hampered by lack of financial support for new players last summer and in January, so Moxey & Morgan should also shoulder a big chunk of the blame.
    Maybe we’ll see Wolves strike a a bit of form as so often happens when a club is left managerless and the players want to impress ahead of the new gaffer taking charge

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  42. The inevitable happens, it had to too often we look second best to all teams at Molineux. Our defenders just do not know how to take the ball out of defence, they make it harder for the rest of the team & before you know it the balls back in our half.

    Pity we did not get Allardyce, he would have given the side more structure & purpose. Out of the available mgrs there is really no one I’d like to see in charge ideally. It is a pretty mediocre marketplace. Curbushley has been out of the game for too long. It will probably be Steve Bruce!

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  43. The Wanderer says:

    A sad day.

    Let’s hope that this cloud has a silver lining, although for me the storm is still brewing.

    Thanks for the memories Mick – genuinely you did us proud. Hold your head high – you’ll be missed by so many.

    UTW

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  44. The Wanderer says:

    A happy day.

    There is a silver lining…

    Hammill establsihes himself as a fantastic central midfielder; our new manager get’s the best out of Milijas; Roger Johnson loses the captaincy and Berra rightfully gets the nod ahead of him, playing with Stearman in the centre of defence while Bassong slots in at left back. We produce our first clean sheet since…

    We develop a different approach, no longer confined to passing the ball to Jarvis on the left wing, only for the cross to be overhit – now we move the ball skillfully through midfield, Kights flies – Fletcher flourishes as he gets better service through the middle, as does Doyle.

    Premier League survival becomes a reality – 13 games to go – enough time to make a difference…

    …optimism returns to Molineux

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  45. Edward Shotton says:

    Mark my words, this sacking is a terrible mistake. Wolves are almost certainly down now. You doom and gloom merchants have got your wish so I hope you are all looking forward to Championship football again, that’s if any you so called fans bother to attend. The lack of positive energy from this blog is damning!

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    • Clive from Houston says:

      Seems you have caught the bug as well!!!

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    • I’d say a 5-1 home defeat against our most hated of rivals is pretty damning. 14 points from 22 games? Demanding positive energy amid such unparalleled local embarrassment is one thing, but to question our credentials because of it is delusional. I trust you tar Jez Moxey with this brush you wield, being as he said we were 99 per cent certain to go down?

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    • Hamlet says:

      1) There’s been enough positive energy in this blog post, at least!

      2) There hasn’t really been much positivity to talk about recently

      3) The fans weren’t the ones that got Mick sacked, the results were.

      4) Whether Mick’s replacement will be successful or not remains to be seen!

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  46. Nice to read kinder words today Mick was probably the best manager we have had since Bill Mcgarry but he had come to the end of the road.

    I began to lose faith after the 3-0 home defeat to Everton where he claimed we had battered them.I didnt think we had ever looked like scoring and i felt if he stuck with these tactics it would end as it has ended.With much praise i even wrote to tell him.

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  47. Clive from Houston says:

    Once the dust has settled, and we have someone else at the helm, this season will take it’s course.
    We all know, as die hard, long suffering Wolves fans, that whatever division we end up in, at the start of next season there will be smiley faces and fresh optimism. Premiership or Championship, we as true fans will be behind the lads 100%.
    Nobody starts off a season slagging their team, whom so ever plays.
    We can all piss and moan about Mccarthy, or praise him to the high heavens. he is gone, and life and Wolverhampton Wanderers goes on. We will all be there when Morgan and moxey are gone as well. ( moxey does not deserve capital letters for his name)
    Keep the faith, there is light at the end of the tunnel, at the moment it is a fuckin’ long tunnel, though!!

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  48. Mark Davies says:

    Decent people don`t kick a man when he`s down, so everyones being nice to and complimentary about Mick. Well stuff that. MM got his rewards for promotion some three years ago, but since then he has failed to build a team fit for purpose for the premiership – thats the reality and his legacy to Wolves.
    Players moved on or given the cold shoulder when questioning what MM was doing, only the yes men picked. Hence no leaders or leadership on the pitch and when the going gets tough, ala Liverpool & wba, the team capitulates.
    Lets hope the players can play with freedom and without fear over the next 13 matches, maybe to save their own bacon, as well as the two remaining m`s.
    As the fans outside Molineux on Sunday were chanting where Moxey could stick his early bird, I for one may just renew now MM has gone.

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  49. Thank You Mick……

    For Yesterday………………..

    Can we please move on..

    Jesus your all blowing that much smoke up his arse on here we’ll have him back by the end of the week..

    He has been well rewarded for what he has achieved here, and he will the Leeds manager by the end of the week.

    So please can we look forward to the future, new blog required on who is taking over..
    Why has Benitez ruled himself out ??

    Warnock or Bruce !! Forget it might as well stayed with Mad Mick..
    Curbishley looks favorite but has been out of the game for 3 years.

    Who else is there..??

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    • Tafkag says:

      Benitez was never any option for 100’s of reasons. He simply wouldn’t work with Moxey who wants a ‘Yes Man’, Benitez needs cash wherever he goes, not to mention the fact he’ll probably be Real Madrid manager this time next year, we’d also never pay the salary he wants.

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  50. Well said Mark.
    Let’s hope above all else, the players become unshackled and express their real potential to keep us in the Premiership,
    Looking at the betting Curbishley now 8/11 on to replace MIck.
    I’d prefer him to Bruce or Warnock, but would really like Darren Ferguson, Paul Ince or Dougie Freedman, an ex player…
    Who remembers Peter Shirtliff being player/manager?

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  51. As I write the odds on Curbishley shorten to 4/7…..
    The Bookies rarely get it wrong…
    If he’s 1/2 by the morning, then he’s the next manager…

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  52. Clive from Houston says:

    My vote goes to our very own ……drum roll……Hamlet!!!
    He is young, full of ideas, articulate, and as far as I know has never been to the Mol, so cannot have been tainted by the 2 M’s.
    He has had nothing but good things to say about all of our players this season, never swears, and I’m sure he’s in bed by 9 every night.
    I’ve even got the chant ready for our next home match.
    “Hamlet, Hamlet, he’s our man, if he can’t do it no one can.”
    Let’s have a vote, he’s as good as all the others being bandied about!!
    WWHFM

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    • I’m on for Hamlet to lead our team….
      ‘To be or not to be’, Stephen Ward?

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    • Hamlet says:

      I’m still waiting for that phone call from Jez – he’d be an idiot to let me pass on by!

      If not then I might just have to go up there and demand the job myself… After I’ve done my homework, of course! 🙂

      I trust you’ll forgive me though if I still use Stephen Ward!

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    • The only reason Clive doesn’t want me is because I’d pick Ward, otherwise I’m the perfect candidate

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  53. I for one think Clive from Houston should end his exile and come back to save this great club of ours..
    It will be a difficult working relationship with the 2M’s but I have faith in Clive..

    Not sure if we can afford him though. Maybe Morgan will splash the cash and make it happen…

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    • Clive from Houston says:

      If it means I can tell Stephen Ward to never darken the doors of Molineux again, i will do the job for nothing!!!!

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  54. I think as a mark of respect we should all wear our wolves shirts at the next home game in memory of Mick Mcarthy. 🙂

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  55. Blagger says:

    How about a book on the first one to tell the new manager to FO…..Hamlet 100/1,Ben20/1,Nige3/1….and Clive 4/6

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  56. Wolves since 79 says:

    Forget Brucie ,Clive and Hamlet. Curb’s and Wilkins has got to be the dream team for the Wolves !!!!!

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    • Hamlet says:

      Sack the whole coaching staff and bring in the Muppets to continue the legacy of the last ‘Muppet!’ 😛 Miss Piggy would frighten the hell out of the opposing team and manager!

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    • Mutch ade about nothing says:

      Agree curbs and Wilkins would be superb

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  57. alfwhite says:

    Judging by greasy moxey’s comments this morning its going to be a cheap option-a make do.

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  58. Caernarfon Wolf says:

    Goodbye Mick, and thanks for an unprecedented 3 seasons in the Premier league. It’s easy to forget our recent impressive away form, like 1-1 away to Arsenal (with 10 men), 1-1 away to a typically stubborn Bolton outfit, 1-1 away to a classy Spurs side and a 1-2 victory at QPR, a sequence of results that no top 6 side would be too disappointed with.
    This only serves to highlight the inability to perform at home, for whatever reason, and perhaps another manager, whether good, bad or average, can re-kindle this confidence.
    Life is cruel. Best of luck.

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  59. sheffieldwolf says:

    Can I for one start the Mick for England campaign! Just so Clive’s on board wardys Irish so he wouldn’t be able to pick him.

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  60. Top blog Ben,

    I do feel sorry for Mick, not for being sacked as that was the right decision but because he has been allowed to continue on as manager for far too long. As he blundered on with one baffling decision after another, it only seemed to create hate towards him from most of the fans. He has gone now and we should remember the good times over the bad and hope that someone can come in and keep us up this season.

    I also remember the 5-1 win against forest where we both gave our highly sought after opinions to Franksy when interviewed on live radio before the game! It was one of the best performances i had ever seen by Wolves and i thank Mick for that.

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  61. Usain's quicker brother says:

    The club is run strictly as a business. A valuation is put on a player in terms of fee and wages and they will not budge. That is simply the way it is. If players go elsewhere so be it. However,McCarthy in his two and a half year tenure in the premiership did spend over 40 million pounds on 20 players (according to radio WM ). Of those twenty three started on Saturday and in the previous game against Villa just two. In short McCarthy has simply wasted most of the kitty he has been given. The obvious exception bring the wonderful Steven Fletcher.

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    • sleachy says:

      a comma between the words twenty and three would mean I would have had to read that less times.

      but a valid point and perhaps the biggest frustration with MM other than the tactics / selections

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      • Usain's quicker brother says:

        Sorry Sleachy. I hang my head in shame ! I pride myself on my grammar.

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        • sleachy says:

          I try and avoid pulling people up on it, there’s nothing worse in internet world! As long as the point comes across it doesn’t matter, but it just took me so long to figure out your point i thought i’d try and save future readers from a similar fate!

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  62. sleachy says:

    So here’s a question:
    Who do you think will be in the starting 11 vs the toon if TC picks the team?

    will we see a square peg / round hole line up, or a stroke of tactical genius?

    assuming we don’t have a new gaffer by then of course….

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    • Clive from Houston says:

      Hope we have a new manager by then, at least a week before the Newcastle game.
      If clipboard is still in charge, we are doomed, coz he is a yes man ( how else could he have stayed so long?) and we’ll have more of the same crap we’ve had all season.
      New manager, hopefully one who actually knows how to assess players, and has seen us non perform this year, so will know immediately what to fix.
      My big fear is about moxey’s comments…”someone who will fit the Wolves DNA.”
      What the fuck is that all about?
      Are we looking for a ferensick scientist or a manager?
      The right thing to do is appoint someone on a short contract, until the end of the season, with a huge bonus for keeping us up.
      Then re assess in the summer.
      Pay my airfare and I’ll be on the next plane !!!

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  63. Tafkag says:

    Moxey clearly still calling the shots

    http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2012/02/14/the-same-course-different-captain/

    Have you ever read anything more depressing?

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    • Clive from Houston says:

      I take his point about the manager working for the club….but doesn’t that also apply to the fat greasy weasel CEO?
      That man is the root cancerous cause of all the problems with our beloved club.
      He admits that he hires and fires the managers, and controls the purse strings.
      Doesn’t anyone know some ex News of the World journalist who could rake up/hack some dirt on this fat fuck?
      Anything thrown at his greasiness would stick, I’m sure Morgan just needs an excuse to get rid of him.
      Let’s start a witch hunt.
      I’ll begin.
      I heard a whisper about a rumour that he allegedly is a secret cross dresser.
      FOJM

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  64. Danny Velinski says:

    Friends Wulfrunians fellow supporters
    Lend me your ears
    I come to say FOMM not to praise him
    The failure that men achieve lives after them
    The good is oft forgotten
    So let it be with Mick
    The noble Clive
    Hath told you Mick was inept and brainless
    If it were so it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Mick answer’d to it
    Yes Clive is an honourable man,
    A true supporter a shit spotter a no shit taker
    A shining beacon in a sea of shit
    I speak not to disprove the noble Clive
    But I do remember the Man Utd, Man City
    Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea games
    I do remember April 18th 2009
    You all did love him once, not without cause
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts
    Farewell Old Mick McCarthy

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  65. johnok says:

    Sorry i could’nt write on this blog last night for my tears of joy of the sacking of McIdiot.
    Tho only one person who’s fault it was,was his own. he was deluding him self if he thought he
    could get himself out of the mire he plunged into.PS.
    I wrote my epitaph on the other post earlier,mick sacked.FOTC.NEXT.

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  66. Greg Harper says:

    When will Wolves wake up and realise the grass aint always greener on the other side. The coffin was already prepared for MM and he knew it before Sunday’s “game”. Who wouldn’t under perform knowing that?

    MM was a legend and has done us good over the past 5 and a half years. we should stick with a manager that has a good rapour with the rest of the club and plough the money into the club to attract the big names.

    I think this is a fitting tribute to a top manager and a cracking bloke.

    Cheers Mick and all the best for the future.

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