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Mick McCarthy demands to manage his way at Wolves


McCarthy 'not bothered' by criticism

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy criticised those who questioned his integrity after seeing his side beat Burnley 2-0.

The club have won three of their last four games but McCarthy came under fire for picking a weakened side for the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United in midweek.

"I have to be able to manage the club, manage the players, maximise resources, pick teams and be trusted with it by everyone concerned," said McCarthy.

"The day I'm not trusted is the day I get out of the door, isn't it?"

Wolves beat Tottenham last weekend, but a side featuring 10 changes from that game was comprehensively beaten by United on Tuesday.


McCarthy said he made the changes to protect his players from injury but was criticised by some Wolves fans who had made the trip to Old Trafford and subsequently asked to explain his selection by the Premier League.

He was also roundly criticised in some sections of the media, but McCarthy hit back after seeing his team beat Burnley at Molineux.

"I have to say that there have been one or two dubious characters who have been giving me a bit of stick," he said.

"They have questioned my honesty and integrity when I think I stand up for all those things."

Asked if the victory over Burnley - a result that lifted Wolves out of the relegation zone and up to 12th in the table - justified his team selection for the game at Old Trafford, McCarthy was unequivocal in his response.

"I'm not looking for vindication by it, I'm looking for points," he said.

"I'm delighted I have players that believe and trust in me to make the right decisions and then perform like that.

"We've had nine points out of 12 since the Birmingham game, and people who were here when we played Birmingham would never have thought that. It is about all the games, not just about today."

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see also
Wolves 2-0 Burnley
20 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Wolves asked to explain selection
16 Dec 09 |  Wolves
McCarthy defends Wolves selection
16 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Man Utd 3-0 Wolves
15 Dec 09 |  Premier League

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