O'Hara - Players to blame

Molineux midfielder 'gutted' to see manager leave

Jamie O'Hara: Insists Wolves' players are to blame for Mick McCarthy's sacking

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Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara insists the club's players are to blame for Mick McCarthy's sacking.

The former Republic of Ireland tactician was dismissed by the Molineux club at the start of the week following a poor run of results.

O'Hara was brought to the club by McCarthy and the 25-year-old believes his team-mates were 'gutted' to see him leave.

The ex-Tottenham man insists that the responsibility should not be placed at McCarthy's door, stating the players were best placed to influence results.


"It was difficult to see the gaffer leave and the lads were gutted to see him go," explained O'Hara.

"It's been us who have been putting in the bad performances. He'd done a lot for the club.

"I've only been here a short time but I loved working for him and think he is a fantastic manager.

"I just hope everyone remembers what he achieved at the club. It was hard to see him go and I would wish him all the best.

"I am sure he will go on and do another great job somewhere else."


Wolves' 5-1 beating by West Brom in the Black County derby was McCarthy's final game in charge, a result O'Hara describes as a 'freak' scoreline and something they now need to move on from.

"It was one of those games which hopefully was just a freak," he continued. "Obviously it was a big one of the fans, who were distraught, and we just have to say sorry to them. We fell apart in the second half.

"All the lads heads went down and everyone lost their confidence and the fans lost their confidence in us.

"These things happen even to the best teams, like Manchester United earlier in the season and Arsenal against AC Milan. We just need to pick ourselves up and move on."


Meanwhile, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey insists the club are continuing work behind the scenes regarding McCarthy's successor and they are confidence of having a new man in place prior to their clash with Newcastle on February 25th.

Ex-Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is set to be interviewed on Friday, a day after former Charlton tactician Alan Curbishley held talks.

"Things are progressing," said Moxey. "We are continuing to work to the timetable we indicated at the outset of this process and remain optimistic we will be able to fulfil those requirements.

"Our intention has always been to have a new manager installed in time to take charge of the team for the Newcastle match and that remains the case. But I stress - we want the right candidate, not the quick candidate."

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