Belfast Telegraph

Johnson support for McCarthy

Wolves captain Roger Johnson believes manager Mick McCarthy is "still the right man" to lead the club and that the players should take responsibility for the current dismal run of results.

The 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool means Wolves have gone nine Barclays Premier League games without a win and fans vented their anger towards McCarthy at the final whistle, with one banner proclaiming "Mac Out". However, Johnson believes changing the manager is not the solution to Wolves' current plight.

Johnson said: "Mick is still the right man. Changing the manager isn't going to change what the players do on the pitch."

He added: "Unfortunately, that's what it's like in football. The manager's head is on the chopping block. It's unfortunate.

"For me and all the lads, the manager needs to stay. We respect the manager massively. He's the man to get us out of it, he's done it before and he'll do it again. He's a fighter. You can't really get a better man for the job."

Johnson, who was relegated with Birmingham last season, added: "We've let ourselves down. The players on the pitch are the ones who let the staff and the fans down.

"We let ourselves down but it starts now again with Saturday at QPR. It's a massive game and a must win game. We'll all be up for it."

Second-half goals from Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt doomed Wolves to defeat and kept them in the bottom three in 19th position.

Johnson said: "In the first half there was no danger. In the second half, we conceded a goal and it was backs to the wall after that.

"We found it difficult to get near them, they were playing around us. The goal killed us. It was one of those nights when we needed to keep a clean sheet. They did us on the break. That's what Liverpool do."


From Belfast Telegraph