McCarthy: no fan fall-out
Mick McCarthy insists there has been no falling-out with the Wolves fans who called for him to be sacked and believes he has had "wonderful support" during his five seasons at Molineux.
The Wolves manager claims his record during nearly 20 years as a manager stands up to close scrutiny as he prepares for a second meeting with Manchester City in four days. Fans chanted "You're getting sacked in the morning" and "You don't know what you're doing" during the 2-2 draw with Swansea last weekend.
There was a more civil atmosphere at a half-empty Molineux for Wednesday night's League Cup clash with City, who triumphed 5-2 in a match where both sides made many changes.
McCarthy said: "If anyone wants to suggest that I've fallen out with the fans who were making themselves heard on Saturday, it is quite the opposite.
"I just think they have let me and the players down. I would make it clear those words are only directed at the fans who were vocally negative towards me and the team on Saturday.
"I have had wonderful support from the majority of fans from the day I arrived at Molineux and I thank those who have done so again since the weekend."
McCarthy is justifiably proud of his record as a manager during the past two decades.
He said: "By next March I'll have been a manager for 20 years. I've all the coaching qualifications I can own, won the Championship twice with two different teams and I took the Republic of Ireland to the last 16 of a World Cup finals.
"I came here five years ago when the club was at a very low ebb and fearing a fight against relegation. Since then we've won promotion as champions and are now in our third consecutive season in the Premier League -- arguably the most competitive league in the world.
"But we are having a tough time at the moment and it's now more than ever that we need the support of the fans and for all of us to stick together to help us prosper as a team."