'Martin's a pal of mine. I'm glad I made his job harder'

 

Managerial comradeship counted for nothing as Mick McCarthy basked in a "nice warm feeling" created by Wolves' defeat of a Sunderland team striving to impress Martin O'Neill, who takes over at the Stadium of Light today after a watching brief at Molineux.

"Martin's a pal of mine but I'm glad I made his bleeding job harder on Monday morning," the Wolves manager beamed after his side beat one of his former clubs and moved four points clear of the bottom three. "I'm thrilled that I've made his task harder than it looked as if it might be after an hour. I'm just glad I did not do him any favours."

Asked whether O'Neill's presence would have had any effect on his new charges, who were under the guidance of caretaker manager Eric Black following Steve Bruce's departure last week, after two and a half years at the club, McCarthy replied: "If the new manager is sat in the dug-out, it might be different but I think the Sunderland players all put a shift in for Blacky.

"You can't say they didn't come here and try their hardest. It looked like two fairly ordinary teams scrapping around at the bottom of the league for a lot of the match, but it turned out to be a wonderful celebration. You go through the wringer sometimes when you're sat on the sidelines, but of course I'm delighted and thrilled with the result.

"The crowd were genuinely delighted for me and for the players. We were 1-0 down and they stuck with us. Everybody here, no-one more so than up in the directors' box, they all want me to be a success. That's a nice warm feeling."

Black admitted the match would have provided food for thought for O'Neill: "Martin will have seen the strengths we have. I think he knows there are some good things to take forward but he'll also know there are some problems. I'm sure he'll start [today] trying to rectify those problems and be able to start turning things around.

"I'm confident there's enough quality to do that. The players that are here are all of good quality, but the obvious issue is that we could do with someone to score a goal. If we take more chances, it puts pressure on the other team. Unfortunately, those type of players are quite elusive but I'm sure Martin will do everything he can to try to find one."

O'Neill himself said he would do his "utmost to bring a bit of success to Sunderland". He added: "It's a nice feeling to be back in football and obviously I'm very excited about joining Sunderland. It's a big moment and I'm hoping it works out well.

"All I can say, without promising the earth, moon and stars is I will do my utmost to bring a bit of success to Sunderland."

Suggested Topics
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
British author Helen Macdonald, pictured with Costa book of the year, 'H is for Hawk'
booksPanel hail Helen Macdonald's 'brilliantly written, muscular prose' in memoir of a grief-stricken daughter who became obsessed with training a goshawk
Sport
footballLive blog: Follow the action from the Capital One Cup semi-final
Life and Style
food + drink
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy