Wolves sack Mick McCarthy with just 13 games to stay in the Premier League
MICK McCarthy has been sacked as manager of Wolves after five-and-a-half years in charge at Molineux.
Club owner Steve Morgan has ended McCarthy's reign with Sunday's 5-1 home defeat to West Brom the final straw. Some fans vented their anger towards the directors box during the game and a couple of hundred demonstrated outside the ground long after the final whistle.
Wolves released a statement which read: "Wolves have today announced that manager, Mick McCarthy, has left the club with immediate effect."
The statement continued: "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.
"Terry Connor will take charge of team training in the interim until a new manager is appointed.
"The Board would like to place on record their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mick McCarthy and he leaves with the very best wishes of everyone connected to the club."
Morgan, who is away on a half-term skiing holiday, has stayed supportive towards McCarthy during a difficult season but has decided a change is needed with 13 games to go.
He has a fortnight to find a replacement with Wolves not in FA Cup action this weekend.
There has been a simmering undercurrent of anger from Wolves supporters despite the club managing to stay out of the bottom three until the home setback by Aston Villa in mid January.
The win at QPR 10 days ago ended a run of 11 games without a win in all competitions. But it was only a temporary reprieve before Wolves were put to the sword by West Brom and suffered a fourth successive home setback to seal McCarthy's fate.
The search for a replacement for the former Ireland captain has begun - with his successor having just 13 games to keep them in the Barclays Premier League.
The likes of Alan Curbishley - an early favourite with some bookmakers - Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock will inevitably be linked as possible candidates.
Former West Ham and Charlton boss Curbishley has been out of management in recent years but Bruce and Warnock are available after parting company with Sunderland and QPR this season.
Morgan will be hoping whoever takes charge can mirror the achievements of Roy Hodgson who was appointed by West Brom 12 months ago - also with 13 games to go - in succession to Roberto Di Matteo.
After a watching brief against West Ham, the Baggies lost only two of their final 12 games to survive and it is that sort of form that will be needed to keep Wolves in the top flight.
Morgan ended McCarthy's reign with the 5-1 home hammering by West Brom on Sunday the final straw.
Some fans vented their anger towards the directors box during the game and a couple of hundred demonstrated outside the ground long after the final whistle.
But former Wolves boss Graham Taylor believes the players have to take responsibility after their dreadful performance against the Baggies.
He told Sky Sports News: "There has to be some leadership in that dressing room now.
"I'm talking about every player. There was a real lack of leadership on the pitch against West Brom. The players have to look at themselves.
"Their Premier League futures are at risk and, irrespective of form and style, they have to get back to winning ways."
Taylor also understands Morgan's thinking in dispensing of McCarthy in hoping a new face in the dressing room will spark an upturn in fortunes.
He said: "A new manager can sometimes have an effect on the players for a short period of time.
"Maybe that is behind Steve Morgan's thinking, hoping someone new will get a reaction to help the club stay in the Premier League."
Morgan has just under a fortnight to find a replacement with Wolves not in FA Cup action this weekend after their third round exit against Birmingham.
Wolves managed to stay out of the bottom three despite a poor sequence of results until the home setback by Aston Villa in mid January.
The win at QPR 10 days ago ended a run of 11 games without a win in all competitions.
But it was only a temporary reprieve before Wolves were put to the sword by West Brom and suffered a fourth successive home setback to seal McCarthy's fate.