Curbishley favourite to succeed McCarthy

Alan Curbishley was the early favourite to succeed Mick McCarthy as Wolves manager. The former Charlton and west Ham manager has impressive credentials when it comes to keeping clubs in the Premier League.

McCarthy's time ran out after the 5-1 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion. He found out about his dismissal on the morning after the match. The club issued a statement saying it had been a difficult decision to sack McCarthy, but pointing out that the club had picked up only 14 points from 22 Premier League games.

There had been tension between McCarthy and the owner Steve Morgan after Morgan had come into the dressing-room to criticise players for their performances against Liverpool, when they lost 3-0. McCarthy was unfortunate in losing two key defensive midfielders at the same time, with Karl Henry being suspended and Emmanuel Frimpong sustaining a cruciate ligament injury.

Curbishley is keen to get back into a Premier League job. “I think my record stands up,” he said. “It's just that I've been out of the game for some time”. With Wolves staring relegation in the face, Curbishley's survival experience is his most obvious asset.

“He has a great track record and the calibre of what we're looking for,” Morgan said, “but there are a number of other candidates.”

These include currently the unemployed high-profile managers Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock, and Chris Hughton, who is attracting admirers for the transformation he has managed at Birmingham City. Another intriguing possibility is the former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

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