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Henry attitude impresses McCarthy

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is certain that his decision to take the captain's armband from Karl Henry will not affect his attitude or form this season.

McCarthy has made new recruit Roger Johnson skipper, replacing Henry, who has been club captain for three years. The former Republic of Ireland boss admitted that it was a difficult decision to make.

"It was exceptionally tough," he said. "He's come through the Championship and we've stayed in the Premier League for two seasons while Karl has been captain and he has been excellent. It was difficult because Karl has done nothing wrong."

McCarthy added that Henry's reaction to the decision has been professional.

"He reacted as I'd expect him to do," the former Sunderland manager said. "He got on with it, and keeps on doing what he does.

"He cannot let it affect his performances and he won't. I didn't like having to tell him either, because I have a great relationship with him. But that's what I get paid for - to make those decisions."

Wolves are not planning to bring in any more players during this transfer window, having acquired Johnson, Jamie O'Hara and Dorus de Vries.

Since their promotion to the Premier League two seasons ago, the club have gained a reputation for completing their business early in pre-season, and McCarthy believes this has helped him to snare some of his top targets.

He said: "If I'm vying for players like Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher, Stephen Hunt, Roger Johnson and Jamie O'Hara, if we don't go in and get them then all I'm doing is leaving it open for other people to go and sign them.

"And do you know what it does when you go in early? The players like that. It's saying 'I want to sign you, you're my first choice'. How good does it make them feel then? I don't have a list as long as my arm, I've got targets that I want and I've managed to get them."

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