Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

McCarthy: Survival comes first

Mick McCarthy

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has put contract talks on hold to concentrate on securing Barclays Premier League survival.

McCarthy's side are 19th in the table but just a point behind Blackpool in 17th and the former Republic of Ireland boss is determined to secure another season in the top flight before addressing the contracts of David Jones, Marcus Hahnemann and Jody Craddock, all of which expire shortly.

"We don't know our own future yet," McCarthy told the club's official website. "We haven't discussed contracts and we are not going to. There's six games to go."

He added: "Our focus and everybody's should be on getting the points that keeps us in this league. Nothing else.

"When we stay in the league everybody is in a better position, a better place, to do better. So let's make sure that happens then we can all crack on."

Kevin Doyle could also give Wolves a boost by returning from a knee injury sooner than first thought.

He was originally expected to miss the rest of the season, but McCarthy is now hopeful of having him back for some of the run-in.

"I'm not bouncing around with optimism that it would be four weeks because I have had medial ligament trouble myself and I know what they're like," he said.

"The guy he saw for his injection didn't put as much of the stuff in as he did for Karl Henry. It wasn't as bad and so it won't be that long. So he was quite positive but we will see."