Wednesday, 30 December 2009

wolves' mick mccarthy floored by arsène wenger's criticism

Wolves' Mick McCarthy floored by Arsène Wenger's criticism
Mick McCarthy last night responded to Arsène Wenger's criticism of his controversial decision to rest all 10 outfield players for Wolves' midweek match at Manchester United by claiming he had "more honesty and integrity in his little finger" than the Arsenal manager possessed.
The Wolves manager, engaging in a colourful press conference, was referring to Wenger's suggestion earlier in the week that he had damaged the "international credibility of the Premier League" by fielding a weakened team. McCarthy refused to accept that argument, admitted he would do the same again and claimed the only manager entitled to complain was Owen Coyle, who brings his Burnley side to Molineux tomorrow.
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McCarthy said he had received "lots of support" from other managers "because of some of the ridiculous, scathing, outrageous comments that have been made about me". He was particularly grateful to Coyle. "The one person who has got the right to bleat is Owen Coyle. But he didn't. He's seen that it's the right thing to do. He's a proper bloke. He's come up through the leagues."
The Wolves manager later sparked widespread laughter with his suggestion that he has also had messages from further afield. "Some good has come out of it," he said. "I had a lovely letter which read, 'Dear Mick, thank you for taking the pressure off me. I've really had a tough time of late, all the best, Tiger'. I've heard he's driving around Florida in an open-top singing, 'Super Mick McCarthy'. The latest email is from Thierry Henry. He seems to think I've taken some of the heat off him as well."
On a more serious note the Wolves manager said he would "be happy to see anyone" in response to the Premier League's request for an explanation for his team selection. Not that they might want to hear all of his views. "Some of the nonsense being spouted about unfair doing this and that, well, I think it's a little unfair that you should ask teams to come up from the Championship and play against teams that have spent £400m-£500m over the last few years."
An Arsenal spokesman refused to comment other than to say: "The timing of Mick McCarthy's comments came after Arsène Wenger's press conference."
- Guardian, 19 December