Rumours aplenty this Premiership weekend. One of them is that Mick McCarthy, the current Wolves manager, is set to be sacked if Wolves lose against Aston Villa on the weekend. This is despite utterances to the opposite from the Wolves chairman. Who ought to be believed? The rumour mongerers or the chairman of the club who will make such a decision?
Of course, instinct suggests that it is the Wolves chairman whom we ought to listen to. After all, the decision is in hands. With that said we ought to also remember that chairmen of football club’s have an almost habitual liking for public proclomations of support for managers, just before they decide to sack them anyway. It is with little wonder that a chairmans vote of confidence is known in the football world as the ‘dreaded’ vote of confidence. It normally presages the termination of a contract. It is akin to a last warning. Mick McCarthy knows where he stands. If Wolves lose this weekend against Aston Villa, a Midlands derby with more twist than usual, than it is fair to say that Mick McCarthy would not be surprised if he was sacked.
The question is who would replace him? Mick McCarthy, for all his faults, has plenty of experience. He was a relatively accomplished manager of the Republic of Ireland and despite a pretty disappointing end to his spell at Sunderland he began his work there with great vigour and impressive success. At Wolves it seems that history will repeat itself. Early success was not be prolonged.
Mark Hughes is no longer an option, having just been appointed as manager of Queens Park Rangers. Steve Bruce is available, having been sacked by Sunderland fairly recently. Gary Megson, a seasoned firefighter against relegation battles, is available. Steve McClaren would have been an option but he is now with AZ Alkmaar again. Perhaps Kevin Keegan? It has been suggested for quite a while that the former England manager is angling for a return to the game. Perhaps Roberto Di Matteo could be persuaded to leave Chelsea as assistant to Andre Villas Boas and to take up the reigns by himself, just like he did at West Bromwich Albion a season ago.
Right now nobody knows. Wolves are in a precarious situation in the league and need good results as soon as possible. If they don’t come then a change in the managerial department is likely.