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Monday, January 17, 2011
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McCarthy sympathises with Grant

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has slammed the treatment of relegation rival Avram Grant at West Ham and claimed: "It can't be fair on him or anyone else.''

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Grant's days at Upton Park looked numbered before and after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal, when he threw his club scarf to supporters after the final whistle.

Speculation has been rife that Martin O'Neill will step into the Hammers hotseat but Grant finds himself still clinging to his job. McCarthy does not believe anyone is benefiting from the current situation and has great sympathy for Grant.

He said: "Someone rang me before our game and said 'Avram Grant has gone and Martin O'Neill is going in'. I thought's 'that's a surprise on a Saturday morning!' Then Avram is at the game. It looks like he is saying goodbye to everyone when throwing the scarf.

"It is just a bizarre situation. It can't be fair on him or the players or anyone else. It doesn't help you do your job any better, that's for sure, having to come into press conferences, and answer questions on 'are you losing your job?' and 'who is coming in?'''

McCarthy added: "You try and focus on the job in hand but people chipping away at it makes it hard.It is not a position I would like to have. If they don't want you, and they want you to go, then fine, do it.

"I wouldn't want to be answering questions about my future every single time. Someone should be able to stop that. Be straight with people, that's all I ask.

"West Ham is a great club, with great supporters, they make a real racket. There will be a queue from here to Aberdeen for the job. Don't think people won't want it because it seems something is not right with it at the minute.

"We've all got to have that ego and arrogance that we can make things better at a club and turn it around. Avram thinks that at West Ham and it is making his job that much harder with all the speculation surrounding it. That is not fair on him.''

McCarthy's own thoughts are focused on Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay against Doncaster at Molineux. He accepts staying in the Premier League is the priority but wants to remain in the cup and build on Wolves' recent revival in terms of performances and results.

He said: "We want to win. We all know getting into and staying in the Premier League is worth so much money to the clubs that it has diluted the FA Cup. There is no question about that but it is a game of football and I'd love to still be in the FA Cup on Wednesday morning. I'm not giving that up lightly.

"It is funny in the early rounds, people want to protect a few players and are mindful of big games coming up. That is whether you are a newly-promoted team or one that wants to stay in the league, or win the Premier League.

"Later on, it gets a bit more important because it is still the best knockout trophy without any shadow of a doubt. This is still the best one.''

Wolves skipper Karl Henry and central defender Jody Craddock will return to the starting line-up against with Doncaster. Midfielder Henry made his comeback after a two-month lay-off with a knee injury as a substitute against Manchester City at Eastlands on Saturday. Craddock has been sidelined with a hip problem since mid-October.

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