Ward - McCarthy is the man

Wolves defender insists boss has the backing of all players

Stephen Ward: insists that McCarthy has the backing of all the Wolves players

Stephen Ward believes that Mick McCarthy is the right man to lead Wolves and insists that he has the backing of all the players.

There have been rumours that McCarthy's five-year reign could be coming to an end, although he has managed to earn seven points from his last three games.

Ward believes that the 52-year-old is the right man for the job and he insists that he has already shown his worth over the last couple of seasons.

Silly question

He said: "I think that's a silly question. He has kept us up twice; he has got us to the Premier League. A change of manager doesn't always mean a change in fortunes and we are working together as a group to stay in this league.

"I think over the last two years we've done fantastically well. You've got to realise it's a really tough league. We could have easily come up and gone straight back down.

"But we've got two seasons in a row behind us at this level and are now looking to make it three. All the players are behind Mick. You look at the way we've played against Sunderland.

"We give everything for the manager and the staff because we work day in and day out with them. We know how good they are, we know what the manager has done for this club.

"It would be wrong not to go out and give 110 per cent for him because he has done everything for us since a lot of us have joined the club and got us to where we are today.

"We probably wouldn't be playing Premier League football if it wasn't for his guidance."

Crucial

Ward, 26, insists that Wolves must earn as many points as possible against the less established sides instead of having to rely on beating the big clubs like they did last season.

"It is crucial. We probably didn't get enough points from the teams around us last season," he admitted.

"You can't be expected to beat the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, although you want to try and take points from these games.

"If you need to win those sorts of games to stay up, you are going to give yourself a hard season."