How Mick McCarthy Let Wolves Down


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    Another sad day for English football as a team effectively gives up before the game. Macarthy actually comes across as a decent guy but he’s got this one seriously wrong. It just illustrates once again the massive differences between the top few and the rest of the league. If this had been the Johnstones Paint Trophy (ha!)Wolves would have been fined for these actions. But hey what do Scudamore and his buddies care about competition and fairness in sport, as long as the “shareholders” get their profits that’s all that matters…

  2. Damon says:

    If his entire team from the weekend was knackered then he probably did play the players with the best chance of getting a result. I’m not saying I believe for a minute they were ALL knackered but who is to say that the ‘best’ XI wouldn’t have lost 4-0? Or more. Wigan’s bets XI shipped nine at White Hart Lane yet Wolves won on the same ground just 2 weeks later. The argument is pointless, or akin to ‘how long is a piece of string’? There is no rhyme nor reason why Kettering could hold Leeds for 180 minutes and then ship 4 in 20 minutes in extra time of the replay. Oh, hang on, there is, it’s because they were knackered. I’m not saying I disagree with all of the argument, there is a devil’s advocate role to be played, but it does strike me as a ludicrous argument when the top 4 all leave out star playerse against lower ranked sides, all the time. Squad rotation I think Fergie and Rafa call it.

  3. Lol says:

    I Seem to remember a number of teams in the premiership putting out weak sides in the past, normally when they thought the opposition was poor or European games were looming ahead. I guess they were prioritizing their matches in the same way as Wolves were, the only difference being a fight for glory against that of relegation.
    I have a great deal of sympathy towards the Wolves fans who are the real loosers in this instance as they would have undoubtedly bought their tickets before any idea of playing a second string team had even been muted by Mick McCarthy. Bet they will think twice in the future against similar opposition.
    However, I guess it is for the manager to manage his assets in any way he sees fit and not the premiership who would make a decision based on it’s own interests and not those of Wolves.
    In the end McCarty will be judged by the fans and board members of the club far more harshly than the league by lower attendance figures or the usual managerial sackings should this policy fall flat on it’s face.

  4. Gervillian Swike says:

    Of course I understand Mick McCarthy’s reasons, but I still think they’re wrong. What is the point of being in the Premiership if not to relish testing yourself against the top teams? If Wolves show no interst in these games, but reserve it all for the ones against Hull, Burnley, Stoke, West Ham, etc. they needn’t have bothered putting themselves out for the promotion, they could have just hung around in the Championship and waited a few years, they’d have seen these teams sooner or later. No need for a big wage bill, hikes in ticket prices, none of that; more wins against teams from lower down in the table, marvellous. But instead, get to the Premiership, “manage your resources”, and tuck into the the glory of the very occasional win, and the opportunity to see your full team out against mid- and lower-table sides next year, in between regular hammerings. No, it doesn’t stack up for me. I wouldn’t be happy with that.

    I felt the same when Bolton played a reserve side in the UEFA Cup – why bother striving to qualify for it if you’re not interested in it when you get there? I remember Reading played a reserve side in the FA Cup a year or two back, a trophy they had a chance of winning, their only realistic shot at glory (because that’s what football’s about, not money, sharing in a bit of glory). They went down. Nothing against Wolves fans, who must surely be angry about this, but I hope their team go down now too. I wish Man United had got off their lazy asses and taught Mick McCarthy a lesson and stuck ten past his team.

  5. Tom - Chicago says:

    What was the likelihood that Wolves would have gotten 1 pt vs United?

    If I’m McCarthy and I’m looking at this 3 game stretch, I’m thinking I’m ecstatic to get 4 points from Spurs, Utd, Burnley. He has 3 in the bank and wants to maximize his take on the 3 games. If he believes his players, rested, will have a better chance of taking all 3 points against Burnley, he should rest his players. Unless you think his small squad is capable of playing 3 huge games on the trot, skinning Spurs and Utd on the road, I’d say his best chance to maximize points out of this period is to focus on Burnley, and get some depth and in-team scouting from the Utd game. His game theory is spot on given the win at Spurs…

  6. HH says:

    I just hope Wolves get relegated now with another, “top four” team playing a weakened side which is beaten by on of their relegation competitors.

    See how much Mick McCarthy likes that.

  7. Jez says:

    I would love to know what Mick McCarthy said, before kick-off, to the 11 players he sent out to play at Old Trafford. Something along the lines of ‘OK lads, you’re not the best we’ve got, and I’m expecting you to lose just as much as everyone else is, so get out there, run around for 90 minutes, and lose!’

  8. Ambercat says:

    I think MM cheated his own supporters, he cheated his own players, he cheated the television audience, and he cheated the other teams in the premier league who have to work hard for their points.

    See my post

  9. Rob says:

    “cheated the television audience”? Personally, I’d put the tv audience way down the list of priorities. Everything is laid on a plate for them and by and large they contribute little that’s worthwhile to the game.
    I sympathise with the travelling Wolves fans but at the same time I think they have to wake up to the realities of life in the Prem. If they want their team to stay up then they have to back McCarthy in focussing his relatively limited resources on those games where there is a realistic chance of getting a favourable result.

  10. t'OM says:

    Can I just make the point that by the end of the season most of the “second string” players managed to crack the first team, some were recovering from injuries and others were genuinely better than “first stringers”. This further complicates the moral absolutist positions on this.

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