Monday, December 21, 2009
The decision made by Wolves manager Mick McCarthy to make ten changes ahead of playing Premier League Champions Manchester United was met with wide-spread derision and anger around the country. Many fans felt 'ripped-off' and 'cheated' by the decision, but today hopefully they are enlightened with the bravery and common sense of the changes.
On Monday Wolves are three points better off than they were last week following a two-nil defeat of Burnley, fellow relegation rivals. With seven points separating the bottom 11 teams, those three points were vital for Wolves. Big Mick knows what he is doing, he knows that he will on average (in our opinion), lose to Manchester United 8 or 9 times out of 10 . Given that they only play each other twice a year, the odds are stacked against Wolves, so he made a brave and sensible decision.
A couple of points here;
1 - He is the manager he can do what he wants. Why should the Premier League write to him to ask 'why'? What are they hoping is going to happen here?
2 - As the leader of a multi-million dollar group of assets you have to manage them in order to maximise your returns. If we look at the last two games as a single entity; vs Man United and vs Burnley, what is the best outcome for Wolves? I would say it is 3 points. Maybe they could have scraped 4 points if Manchester United had an off day. McCarthy did the maths, he figured the best way to get maximum return from these two games given the assets at his disposal was to make ten changes for the United game. And he was proven correct.
Wolves are now lying 12th in the Premier League but face a difficult trip to Liverpool on Boxing Day and then have Manchester City at home on the 29th. Gaining three points before Christmas was vital to Wolves, McCarthy understood this and managed his squad correctly.
We certainly applaud him for his decisions and hope that fans understand that staying in the Premier League is more important that putting in a good performance at Old Trafford.
Posted by Dan M at 2:01 PM