Date: 10th August 2006 at 2:41pm
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Mick McCarthy is making friends fast. It`s less than a month since he took over at Molineux, but in that time he has brought about a transformation that is verging on miraculous.

On Tuesday, Mick got his first taste of real action at Molineux, when his 10 man Wolves battled hard to take all 3 points off Ipswich Town in front of nearly 20,000 fans.

Gone were the days of casual dugout leaning, watching vacantly as a hapless Wolves struggled to mount a cohesive threat on their opponents defence.

In its place was a man wearing his heart on his sleeve, prowling his technical area and sharing every agonised moment with the paying public, as his 10 man side dug deep to deny Ipswich any spoils from the game.

‘Fans love to see a performance like that and the lads did everyone proud. We all suffered out there.

‘We were all on our feet when Jay got that goal and then when Carl got sent off we were all going to throw ourselves under a bus.

‘And then the penalty went against us and we were all worried sick. I’m no different from them in that respect.’ Mick said following the hard fought victory.

And in that final, sentence lies the key. Mick McCarthy is no different, he`s one of us, which is in stark contrast to the reign of Glenn Hoddle.

There was never a real feeling that Hoddle was part of Wolves. And Hoddle did little to create one. There was always an air of convenience to his stewardship, that he was waiting for something better to come along and had no intention of emmersing himself in the history of Wolverhampton Wanderers as he didn`t intend being there very long.

Mick McCarthy has already made his long term intentions clear by moving to the midlands, intending to be close to the local community, and the club. He also brought with him a reputation for straight talking, and that is exactly what he is delivering.

And if he continues averaging 2 points a game, he will confound all the pundits and have Wolves in serious contention for promotion. And that truly would be a magicians feat to be proud of.