Thursday 23 November 2017

McCarthy puts player contract talks on hold

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has put contract talks on hold to concentrate on securing Premier League survival.

McCarthy's side are 19th in the table, but just a point behind Blackpool in 17th and the former Republic of Ireland coach is determined to secure another season in the top flight before addressing the contracts of David Jones, Marcus Hahnemann and Jody Craddock, all of which expire shortly.

"We don't know our own future yet," McCarthy said. "We haven't discussed contracts and we are not going to. Our focus and everybody's should be on getting the points that keeps us in this league.

"When we stay in the league everybody is in a better place. So, let's make sure that happens. Then we can crack on."

Kevin Doyle could also return from a knee injury sooner than expected, with McCarthy hopeful of having him back for some of the run-in.

"I'm not bouncing around with optimism that it would be four weeks because I have had medial ligament trouble myself and I know what they're like," he said. "The guy he saw for his injection was quite positive, but we will see."

Irish Independent

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