I know I appear to be in the minority at the moment, but I remain firmly in the camp that backs our Mick.
I took the same stance last season while covering various comments from those of you who follow Vital Wolves either on the message board, article comments, facebook or twitter.
Around about this time last season the pressure started to heat up for McCarthy and the squad, as we battled to survive in the Premier League for the first time.
Fast-forward 12 months and we avoided the drop and rather convincingly in the end, we’ve enjoyed another summer of spending (compare what we’ve spent to others in the league) and enjoyed a more progressive style of football (in my view anyway).
Last season we lacked goals, I don’t think many would argue that was the case this season, but the problem has been a bit of bad luck with our recent run of fixtures and defensive frailties.
Any club is going to struggle with a fixture list which includes Chelsea, Manchester United (twice), Manchester City and Arsenal and we even managed to take 3 points from that run against City.
But fitness and mentally, that run must have affected the players, basically speaking we’ve forgotten how to win.
So, hitting an inform Bolton side who are now dreaming of Europe, was a bit of bad timing! Then we had the Blackpool game, which included a wonder goal and another that shouldn’t have stood.
Luck just hasn’t been on our side of late and you should never underestimate luck (just ask Chelsea after their match with Birmingham).
Of course there was also the inevitable mistakes from usually reliable players, but these things happen and I personally think Mick McCarthy is still the man to turn it around.
Right now does he have the answers? Who knows really! Probably not. But I have no doubts that he will stumble upon the right formula again this season, just like he did last year, stick with it and we’ll slowly rise back up the table towards the end of the season.
Second season syndrome was always the fear and as long as we avoid the drop, that’s a successful season and there is still plenty of time for us to do that.
When McCarthy knows his best system and eleven, he’ll show faith in it and that in itself breeds confidence.
The big problem is that the pressure building on McCarthy means that we need to start picking up results immediately to satisfy the supporters and media who will continue to build up the pressure.
Put simply, McCarthy needs to figure things out sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately for Mick it is Sunderland up next and once again lady luck throws an in form side at us.
If Sunderland take the points at Molineux and lets face it they could in the form they are in (unbeaten in four with wins over Stoke and Chelsea and draws with Tottenham and Everton), we will be heading into December with 10 defeats from 12 games.
With a run like that and pressure continuing to build, chairman Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey will be starring at a cross roads, sack Mick and hope that a new manager can quickly turn things around with players he doesn’t know and players who don’t know him, or stick with the man who built this squad, who knows the players better than anyone and hopefully a squad of players who feel some kind of respect and loyalty to a man who has turned it around before.
I prefer the better the devil you know route..
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