McCarthy backed by Hodgson

17 October 2011 08:35
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has given his backing to his Wolves counterpart Mick McCarthy after Albion's 2-0 Black Country derby win on Sunday.[LNB] Baggies fans taunted McCarthy at The Hawthorns by chanting 'you're getting sacked in the morning' after goals from skipper Chris Brunt and substitute Peter Odemwingie sealed victory for their side.[LNB]Wolves are in freefall after collecting seven points from their opening three games and their run of defeats is their worst at top-flight level for 27 years.[LNB]But Hodgson expects Wolves owner Steve Morgan not to press the panic button.[LNB]He said: "I can't imagine for the life of me that Wolves would want to sack Mick McCarthy.[LNB]"He's done a fantastic job - and he's doing a fantastic job.[LNB]"His team are very well organised and lost only because we were able to deal with the pressure they put us under, then played well when we had the ball. I don't think his team played badly at all.[LNB]"If we lost 2-0 and played as well as his team played here, I would be expecting, if anything, although I wouldn't get it, a pat on the back rather than people telling me 'you deserve to be sacked'.[LNB]"Fans like that song now. One day someone will tell me how that excites and embellishes their lives, knowing that someone else is going to get sacked in the morning.[LNB]"That's the one thing I've not quite come to terms with."[LNB]McCarthy insists he is not feeling any more pressure than normal and refuses to blame his players for the slide towards the bottom three.[LNB]He said: "It is not the players putting me under pressure directly. It's my performances as well. It's my team.[LNB]"You hand it over to the players, it's their responsibility, but it's no more pressure than I've been under normally."[LNB]McCarthy was unhappy with the behaviour of West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner.[LNB]He claimed his players were upset because Scharner had lifted his match shirt and displayed the contents of a T-shirt towards some of them during the latter stages.[LNB]McCarthy said: "Scharner had something on his T-shirt and showed it to the lads over the other side (of the pitch).[LNB]"There is no need for it and maybe that upset the lads. You can lose but you don't need your nose rubbing in it.[LNB]"If there were words said (between the players), it would have been because of that. He lifted up his shirt, there is no need for it.[LNB]"Take the mickey with the ball, that's the game. I get the hump with it."[LNB]But Scharner is adamant his actions were not meant to anger the Wolves players.[LNB]He said: "My kids gave me the T-shirt. They stuck a club logo on it and I was just showing it to the fans. That's all."

Source: Team_Talk