Sentiment not dead yet in top level football

Updated: February 17, 2012

Wolves’ players gestures shows the high esteem which their former manager was held in and also challenges the perception that modern footballers only care about their bank balance.

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Young Dublin defender Matt Doherty was hundreds of miles away in Edinburgh when he heard that Mick McCarthy had been sacked, but the Wolves loanee sent a sympathetic text to his parent club’s outgoing manager. The 20 year old Doherty, who is currently on loan at Hibs is tied to Wolves on a long-term contract but he is aware how much ”Big Mick” did for him and his gesture will have confirmed to McCarthy that he was right to back the humble youngster.

Doherty’s gesture comes a day after Wolves’ record signing Roger Johnson spoke to UK media of how the players had let down Mick and that ”The players are 90 or 95% to blame for our poor recent performances in the (Premier) League and the fact that we are in the relegation zone. Now the transfer window is closed; what other manager could gee us up more than Mick has? None, I believe.” Johnson was speaking with Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward who said: ”The players are sad to see Mick go. He gave a lot of the boys in the dressing room their break in the game and has been very loyal to all of us.”

Mick mcCarthy clearly respected his players and vice versa

The public utterances of Ward and Johnson (speaking to Sky Sports television) is an unprecedented step, which is effectively saying that the people who pay their wages (that is; the Wolves Board) were wrong to sack their manager. Other Wolves players, including Karl Henry, Jamie O’Hara and long term servant; Jodie Cradock have spoken out on Twitter and stated: ”Mick’s a top bloke and a top manager. We’re all sad to see him go.” Another Republic of Ireland and Wolves star; Kevin Doyle spoke of it being ”very sad around here. Everyone is sorry to see Mick go. He brought everyone to the club who plays here now and we all enjoyed playing for him.” These gestures show the high esteem that Mick McCarthy was held in by his Wolves players and also challenges the perception that modern footballers only care about their bank balance.

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