Today’s match sees Newcastle United lining up against a Wolves team sporting a brand new manager….kind of.
Whether Mick McCarthy was any good or not, evidence suggests he’s no better or worse than candidates touted for the job (Bruce, Curbishley and the rest who are on the dole….as no doubt when the next Blackburn/Bolton/Wigan job comes up the main candidates no doubt will be Bruce, Curbishley…..McCarthy!).
It would have been fun to have our mate Brucey in the opposing dugout but maybe it is better we concentrate only on the three points rather than playing it for laughs.
Anyway, Wolves seem to have handled their managerial position spectacularly badly and sacked McCarthy without a replacement waiting outside the revolving door.
Curbishley has supposedly turned down a very short-term deal up to the end of the season and on the eve of our clash they have made McCarthy’s assistant, Terry Connor, manager until the end of the season.
Normally a ‘new’ manager brings some kind of bounce factor and undoubtedly our home match against QPR was made that little bit harder as they appointed Mark Hughes in advance of the match at St.James’ Park.
Will Wolves be fired up with the belated appointment of Connor? I can’t imagine it is an ideal situation when your boss is sacked and no doubt McCarthy is one of his mates to have appointed him, then to see others offered the job but knock it back…then finally they turn to you who has been there all this time they’ve been staggering around looking for a manager.
Regardless of what state Wolves arrive in, Newcastle have got home advantage, better players and what should be a full house or thereabouts.
Let’s ‘bounce’ them a bit further on their way to the relegation precipice.