Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey has lent his support to the club’s embattled manager Mick McCarthy, insisting that the Yorkshireman’s “no-nonsense approach” will again ensure Premier League survival.
Last night’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Molineux left Wolves languishing in the bottom three without a win in nine league games, a spell of form which prompted one supporter to turn up to the game with a banner reading: “Oh for crying out loud, former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, enough already! Okay? Okay.”
However, Moxey, a former semi-professional basketball player, remains convinced that McCarthy’s old-fashioned and uncomplicated methods are just what the club needs in order to secure a fourth consecutive season of top-flight football.
He said: “I know Mick, and he’s a no-nonsense kind of guy. If there’s one thing he doesn’t accept, it’s nonsense.
“That’s the kind of character you need in charge of your team. If you don’t [have that kind of character in charge of your team], then the players will get away with far too much nonsense – transfer requests, putting custard in each other’s shoes, that sort of thing.
“With Mick about the place, everyone knows that they can’t very well be indulging in nonsense, because Mick will glare at them in a withering sort of way and say something incredibly scathing in that deadpan Yorkshireman way of his. I’ll never forget the day he labelled me a ‘twazzock’ for putting milk in his coffee.”
He continued: “Mick likes his coffee the same way he likes his centre-halfs – strong, efficient, no-nonsense. Milk is a nonsense to Mick, and that’s why he continues to be the man for the job.”
He added: “I didn’t say ‘black’, I said ‘no-nonsense’.”
For his own part, however, McCarthy was typically forthright in his assessment of last night’s latest defeat, describing his side’s performance as “unacceptable”.
He said: “That was unacceptable.”