McCarthy - I can handle stress

Wolves manager will not let job affect health

McCarthy: Coping with stress

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has insisted he can handle the pressure of Premier League management.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce underwent minor heart surgery on Friday and McCarthy accepts that stress goes with the job.

However, he will not allow his health to become affected and has learned over the years how to look after himself.

"We all know the stakes that we are playing for," said McCarthy ahead of Sunday's derby clash with Birmingham. "But I don't allow it to ruin my life.

"I can't say I am not thinking about it all the time because I am, but I have had a check-up twice a season for the last six or seven years.

"Jobs in general put you under stress. It is how you handle it that matters and whether you let it ruin your life.

"It is whether you keep yourself healthy as well, and I do. That is vital.

"It was stressful at the top of the Championship last season because of the level of expectation that was on us, but it is more stressful where we are now."

Kightly praise

McCarthy has tipped Michael Kightly to make a major impact in the English top flight now he is returning to full fitness.

The winger has struggled with a series of niggling injury problems during the early part of the season but McCarthy can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.

He said: "When Kights first came back he was not really at first-team level.

"But he seems to be getting his strength and sharpness back and we have missed that this season.

"He was one we thought could play in the Premier League and when he has had the opportunity so far he has not been fully fit.

"It has been difficult for him. He has not really had the opportunity yet to show what he can do.

"I want Michael Kightly in the team for me, the club and the fans because if he is fully fit he will be a threat."