Friday, July 21, 2006


New Wolves Manager

Mick McCarthy first started his managerial career at Millwall in March 1992. Bruce Rioch had just been sacked after a 6:1 mauling by Portsmouth and mid-table ranking didn't match the highs of the previous season's play-off position. Mick was playing in defence at the time and initially became player-manager, steering Millwall to 7th, 3rd, and mid-table. After he left to become manager of Ireland, MiIlwall struggled to collect 12 points from the remaining 17 matches and crashed from play-off chasing to relegation (3 points and 2 places behind Wolves). So Millwall have been managed by Mark McGhee, Colin Lee, Steve Claridge and Mick McCarthy.

After six years managing the Irish team, his position was destabilised by Roy Keane and Mick resigned in late 2002.

Come the following Spring, Mick moved to Sunderland and followed the Black Cats out of the Premiership to the second tier. During 2003/04 he turned the team around and into the play-offs while Wolves were suffering their first and only season at the top. Next season and Sunderland went up as champions before crashing back out again although Mick was sacked 10 games before the end.

According to Soccerbase:

Sunderland 12-03-2003 06-03-2006 147635826
Ireland01-03-1996 05-11-2002 48221313
Millwall18-03-1992 04-02-1996203745970

I fully expect that, should the board continue to act as they have in the past, that Wolves will follow the exact same pattern as Sunderland. Mick may well get us promoted but the board will ensure he doesn't keep the club there.

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