For Mick McCarthy, West Bromwich Albion’s 5-1 thrashing of Wolves on Sunday was the final straw. Wolves fired McCarthy as manager, amidst a dismal run that saw the team pick up only 14 points from its last 22 Premier League games, according to the Guardian.
After Sunday’s loss, some fans stayed at Wolves’ Molineux stadium to stage a protest. Wolves supporters have displayed their displeasure of McCarthy before, and their wish was granted. Former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce and the man who led Queens Park Rangers to promotion last season, Neil Warnock, are early favorites to replace McCarthy.
“Wolves have today announced that manager, Mick McCarthy, has left the club with immediate effect,” a club statement said. “The board took the difficult decision to terminate Mick’s contract after a run of form which has seen Wolves pick up only 14 points in the last 22 league games, after a promising start to the season, culminating in yesterday’s 5-1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.”
After joining the team in July 2006, McCarthy guided the club to the top of the Championship (second division) in 2008-09, and gained promotion to the Premier League. It has stayed in England’s top division for two years but is now battling relegation.
Despite being level on points with QPR and Blackburn Rovers at 21, Wolves goal difference of -21 leaves it in 18th place in the Premier League. Terry Connor, who was McCarthy’s assistant, will be the interim manager.
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