Premier League - Managers: McCarthy sorry for demolition derby
Mon, 13 Feb 07:08:00 2012
Managerial reaction from Sunday's Premier League matches, with Wolves boss Mick McCarthy apologising to fans after the 5-1 home mauling by West Brom but insisting he remains the right man for the job.
Mick McCarthy: "I would think it was one of the most disappointing afternoons of my career. I apologise for the performance and I've never done that before. But the way we capitulated in the last half-hour is not associated with my teams. I always feel I'm the right person to do it. I've not got a message for the fans. I've apologised. That is all I can do. That's how badly I feel about it."
Roy Hodgson: "I think Wolves will stay up if they keep their heads because they have an outstanding manager and an outstanding owner as well. I feel sympathy and empathy for Mick a because we're both experienced coaches. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I think Wolves can be more than satisfied with what Mick has done for the club. I think he's done an excellent job and continues to do an excellent job. I'm always saddened that those jobs don't always get recognised. But on the other hand I don't want to appear naive. I know it's part of the game nowadays and it doesn't matter whether you're God Almighty or Mick McCarthy, people are going to think there's people out there who can do it better. My final comment on the subject is that people should be careful what they wish for."
Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City
Alex McLeish: "I thought the game plan was excellent but the players were unlucky. We're getting a lot of luck at the moment but it's all bad. Richard (Dunne) has hurt his shoulder, we lost Ciaran Clark yesterday with a knee ligament strain. We must stop the errors - we had one lapse in concentration but we are playing a side vying with Manchester United for the title. Our home record is pretty abysmal. I'm disappointed with that because I pride myself in my managerial career with home performances and the current one isn't good enough."
Roberto Mancini: "We were there (at the top) from August because we deserved this. It was a difficult game. We knew this before the game but the guys played fantastic football. (Joe Hart) is very young and there are other keepers with more experience. He has many years in front (of him) but he could become one of the top keepers. Joleon played fantastically as well, we played fantastic football in the first half and we were missing only a goal."