McCarthy - Henry to start derby
Mick McCarthy insists his support for Karl Henry will be shown when he names the midfielder in the Wolves team to face West Brom.
Last Updated: 15/10/11 10:49am
Mick McCarthy insists his support for Karl Henry will be shown when he names the midfielder in the Wolves team to face West Brom on Sunday.
Former captain Henry was subjected to a mixture of sarcastic cheers and boos when he was substituted during the recent home defeat by Newcastle United.
Henry has already received the backing of several of his team-mates and McCarthy will have no hesitation in picking him for the Black Country derby at The Hawthorns.
McCarthy confirmed: "It's Karl Henry and 10 others will be playing for Wolves on Sunday, don't worry about that.
"I don't have to come out giving my bubbling support and condemn other people for getting at him.
"My support is for a guy who's been here for five years and everything that's been good about my tenure here, he's been part of it - and he will continue to be so.
"It was good that his team-mates supported him and so they should. I'm glad they did. But my support is that he's in the team tomorrow."
The Wolves boss believes Henry deserves the respect of the fans although understandably he is reluctant to attack them publicly when their support is needed.
He added: "I don't get wrapped up in that to be quite honest.
"I think any player that plays for any club, who gives their heart and soul like he does, should always be respected.
"I thought there was almost instantly a backlash of boos after what happened and I think that was directed at the people cheering (sarcastically).
"I think there was an element of support there from people who thought 'hold on a minute, that's wrong' to do that to Karl.
"They weren't booing Karl, I think they were booing the (sarcastic) cheers, so there's an understanding from supporters as well.
"They might as well understand that he's got my unequivocal support."