With the start of Wolves Premiership season just around the corner, I think it’s a good time to document our gratitude to the man who got us there.
When Mick McCarthy came through the door after the Glenn Hoddle debacle, I wasn’t at all confident that this was the man who was going to change our fortunes.
Although he’d done well with Ireland and got Sunderland up convincingly, I couldn’t see how he was going to transform our old, tired team with the very limited resources on offer.
But almost immediately he started drafting in players and getting the most out of them. We were spoiled in that first season and narrow defeat in the playoffs to West Brom, gave us hope we could do better the following year. When we didn’t really progress in that second campaign, there were plenty of fans calling for his head – I can say proudly, that I was never one of them. Sure, I didn’t always agree with his team selection, but by now I had the faith that he could get us where we wanted to go.
It would have been very easy for Wolves to part ways with McCarthy at the end of the 07/08 season. I can’t imagine he was particularly pleased with the reception he was getting from some sections of the crowd. But thank God he stayed.
With a bit of investment (although not very much) and some brave decisions (getting rid of Eastwood), he achieved his main objective and getting us up as Champions is something none of us will ever forget.
Whatever happens this season, I think we must stick with Mick for as long as he wants the job and I’ll be gutted if we have one poor year and he’s given the boot. His personality and management style has really grown on me over his time in charge and I’m convinced we’ve got the best manager we could possibly have at this moment in time.
I was digging around on YouTube looking for some typical McCarthy ranting, but came across this interview, conducted just after we got promoted. It’s an interview that reminds me how fortunate we are to not have a boring manager, who spins out the same clichéd answer for every question he’s asked. Nice on Mick!