Mick: Victory kept Wolves from the door
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.
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.”
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