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Premier League

McCarthy vents fury at 'mindless' fans

Mick McCarthy insisted he has done "a great job" at Wolves as he hit back yesterday at the "mindless idiots" who called for him to be sacked during Saturday's home match with Swansea.

McCarthy is adamant he has the backing of his players and the Wolves hierarchy and also thanked the fans who have bombarded him with messages of support since the weekend.

But he was also determined to make known his feelings towards the "dissenting voices" who turned on him before Wolves recovered from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw against the Swans.

McCarthy, currently preparing for tonight's home Carling Cup tie with Manchester City, said: "We'd lost five games on the bounce, we were 2-0 down, it was not a good position. Do I like being in that position? Of course not. No one else does but [the fans' reaction] is not helpful .

"Let's not give any of the dissenting voices, the mindless idiots that do it, any credit whether it's aimed at me, Karl Henry, Andy Keogh or Stephen Ward."

McCarthy added: "I almost think some turn up hoping it is going to be that way so they can have their whinge and get shot of the manager. They are not going to get shot of the chairman or the players, so it's a case of 'Let's give it to the gaffer'.

"I've done a great job here. I came five years ago, there were only 10 players here and just a million quid to spend. Five years on, we are in our third year in the Premier League and building the new stadium, but we are having a tough time.

"Come on, give the lads a bit of support. Don't be giving us aggravation. I think they [some supporters] have short memories."

Turning his focus to tonight's opponents, the Premier League leaders who hammered their city rivals Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, McCarthy said that, having spent more than three years as a player at Manchester City, he was delighted to see them become a major force.

"The club is the same club but it is nothing like the one I played for," he said. "It is an amazing turnaround and good luck to them. It's great to see. I still have a lot of affection for Man City. I played there for three-and-a-half years and it was a wonderful time in my life."

McCarthy is expected to make several changes tonight but defender Ronald Zubar remains sidelined after he suffered a groin injury in training.