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Wolverhampton Wanderers
February 28, 2012
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/28/2012

Whether the Wolves board answered that question correctly remains to be seen. But what their experience since sacking Mick McCarthy shows is that they, and all of those fans who had called for the manager's head following the defeat to Sandwell, greatly underappreciated how difficult it would be to find an adequate replacement.

The leading candidates - Alan Curbishley, Walter Smith and Steve Bruce - decided they would rather stay unemployed than take the helm of one of English football's great old clubs in its current predicament. Neil Warnock was interested but got an offer from Championship side Leeds first and Brian McDermott chose to stay at Reading.

Their individual decisions and reasons for them are fine by me, but let's face it, it was embarrassing.

February 14, 2012
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/14/2012

I can't remember what year it was when I started supporting Wolves but I reckon it was around 25 years ago.

For about 20 of those years, Wolves were awful. Not bottom of the football league awful, that was before my time, but a great many fans still remember it. Awful in the sense that they were terminally disappointing. The big old club in the wrong division, always falling short despite an expensive squad and a succession of big name-managers. At times, it was embarrassing.

Then along came Mick McCarthy and supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers became an entirely different experience. Super Mick made me proud to support Wolves again.