Just over a week ago Wolverhampton Wanderers sacked boss Mick McCarthy after a frustratingly poor run of results that has left the club in the middle of the relegation battle once again in the English Premier League.
The final straw was the club’s 1-5 defeat to local rivals club West Bromwich Albion it would appear as Wolves now face an uphill fight to retain their place in the top flight an find a new manager.
McCarthy had enough weapons it seemed to do the job but only 7 points earned out of the last 30 available looks to not have been to the boards expectations even if he earned them with draws against Norwich City, Arsenal, Bolton, Tottenham and a victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Wolves’ midfielder Jamie O’Hara has come out in support of his manager saying it is only the players to blame to ESPNsoccernet.com:
“It was difficult to see the gaffer leave and the lads were gutted to see him go. It’s been us who have been putting in the bad performances. He’d done a lot of the club.
“I’ve only been here a short time but I loved working for him and think he is a fantastic manager. I just hope everyone remembers what he achieved at the club. It was hard to see him go and I would wish him all the best.
“I am sure he will go on and do another great job somewhere else.”
Wolverhampton legend Kenny Hibbitt who made 570 appearances scoring 114 goals for the club has cried out that the sacking was wrong to Talksport:
“Personally, I feel that it is the wrong time to sack him. The new guy coming in has got a lot of work to do if he wants to keep them up. He’s got no chance of bringing new faces in.
“I know a lot that goes on at the club and the players were 100 per cent behind Mick McCarthy and I think he would have got the points we need to stay in the Premier League.
“The players have to look in the mirror and say ‘have we let Mr McCarthy down’ and I personally believe they have,”
“The way they collapsed against West Brom, the fans just didn’t like what they saw and the manager is obviously the one that stands in the firing line.”
The club are now a week into the midst of their search for a new manager. Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been linked to the job but has not been known as interested as he is believed to want a longer term contract than is currently on the table, just as former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley who was reported as rejecting an offer on Sunday February 20, 2012 according to ESPN.
It now appears that two Npower Championship bosses are leading the revised list of candidates for the job.
Reading Football Club manager Brian McDermott has been linked as a possible replacement as his rolling contract would not cost Wolves’ a large amount to take him to the Molineux Stadium. However, it is unknown if the former Gunner would leave the Royals after having molded them into a promotion chasing side as he could be in the EPL next season anyway.
The other primary candidate looks to be former Chelsea player and now Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet according to the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail. His long term contract with the Seagulls could cause a problem as his appointment in 2009 has seen him revolutionize the club through promotion to the Championship and their move into the new American Express Stadium.
Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey made these statements to the Daily Mail as to the current state of the hunt:
“What I can say is I think we are about halfway through the process and it is going well.
“We have seen some very good candidates and have got some more candidates to see and we’ve got second interviews.
“So far I think we are just about on schedule to keep to what we said which was, if at all possible, we would like a new manager in before our away game to Newcastle United.”
It is still up in the air as to whether the club will manage to keep with that time line schedule or not.
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