Mick: Vic­tory kept Wolves from the door

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By JOHN PERCY

MICK MC­CARTHY reck­ons Wolves’ last-gasp win over Sun­der­land saved him from the sack.

Mc­carthy is con­vinced de­feat to the Black Cats on Sun­day could have seen him be­come the sec­ond man­age­rial ca­su­alty in the Premier League this sea­son.

Wolves se­cured only their fourth league win of the cam­paign with two late goals from Steven Fletcher to ease the pres­sure on Mc­carthy.

The York­shire­man has been a tar­get for an­gry fans but has still been fre­quently backed by chair­man Steve Mor­gan and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jez Moxey.

But Mc­carthy has re­vealed that a ninth de­feat in 11 games would have left him cling­ing onto his job by his fin­ger­nails.

Meat

He said: “I’m prob­a­bly the most prag­matic, straight­for­ward and hon­est man­ager you’ll ever come across.

“No, it couldn’t have gone on. I’m more than aware that re­sults will ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine what hap­pens to me.

“We are in a bet­ter po­si­tion as a Premier League club than we’ve ever been, but my crit­ics don’t like me.

“There’s also an el­e­ment who want a fresh piece of meat when you’ve been at a place for a while.

“They get sick of hear­ing my mantra and it just be­comes not good enough for some peo­ple.

“Oth­ers get wound up by my ac­cent, but I can’t do a lot about that – or my grey hair.

“Or they don’t like my tac­tics, what I say in in­ter­views, how I fas­ten my tie, or my shoes are too shiny or I’m too smartly dressed.

“You’ll never please ev­ery­one, but I reckon 80 per cent of the sup­port­ers would be in my favour if you asked them.”

CLOSE CALL: Mc­carthy

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