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McCarthy itching to prove point

Mick McCarthy and Steve Morgan
Mick McCarthy and chairman Steve Morgan celebrate promotion

Mick McCarthy insisted he has the ability to manage in the Premier League after his Wolves side won promotion from the Championship.

"Of course I do, given a sporting chance," said the Wolves manager, who was in charge of Sunderland when they were relegated in 2003 and 2006.

"I had a bit of naivety. I also think I had the usual 'well, if that's what I've got then I'll do it' arrogance.

"We didn't get a lot of points, but I didn't really get a chance."

Wolves' 1-0 home win over QPR guaranteed their promotion and McCarthy's side are all but assured of ending the season as divisional champions, as with two games to play they are six points clear of second-placed Birmingham with a vastly superior goal difference.

But a jubilant McCarthy was quick to turn his thoughts to the challenge of the Premier League - and he was equally keen to remind his chairman Steve Morgan that he will need a sizeable transfer budget.

"If I'm given £6m to spend like I was last time, which included transfer fees, wages, signing on fees and agents fees, then we'll all be in trouble," added McCarthy

"But of course that won't be the case."

After the win over QPR, Morgan paid tribute to the work McCarthy has done that has seen them Wolves the Championship for most of the campaign.

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"I'm almost speechless, it was fabulous, the culmination of a really hard season," he said.

"Big tribute to Mick, the background team, everyone behind the scenes, chief executive Jez Moxey and the players - the players have been fabulous all throughout the season.

"I'm so proud of Wolves and for the city."



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