Players to blame for Mick McCarthy axe – Jamie O’Hara

Jamie O’Hara enjoyed his time under Mick McCarthy

Wolves playmaker Jamie O’Hara insists the players have to shoulder the blame for Mick McCarthy’s sacking as the search continues for his replacement.

Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is set to be interviewed by club owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey after Alan Curbishley was spoken to on Thursday, but O’Hara’s thoughts are still with McCarthy, who was sacked on Monday after a five-and-a-half-year spell at Molineux.

The former Tottenham player said: “It was difficult to see the gaffer leave and the lads were gutted to see him go. It’s been us who have been putting in the bad performances. He’d done a lot for the club.

“I’ve only been here a short time but I loved working for him and think he is a fantastic manager. I just hope everyone remembers what he achieved at the club. It was hard to see him go and I would wish him all the best.

“I am sure he will go on and do another great job somewhere else.”

O’Hara has apologised to the Wolves fans for the 5-1 home mauling by West Brom, which sealed McCarthy’s fate. He said: “It was one of those games which hopefully was just a freak. Obviously it was a big one of the fans, who were distraught, and we just have to say sorry to them. We fell apart in the second half.

“All the lads’ heads went down and everyone lost their confidence and the fans lost their confidence in us. These things happen even to the best teams, like Manchester United earlier in the season and Arsenal against AC Milan.

“We just need to pick ourselves up and move on.”

Morgan and Moxey hope to make an announcement by early next week on the new manager and want McCarthy’s successor in place before next weekend’s game at Newcastle.

Wolves dropped into the bottom three after the mauling by the Baggies and have taken only 14 points from the last possible 66.

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