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McCarthy stands ground over changes

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has hit back at his critics after the firestorm that has followed his controversial team selection against Manchester United on Tuesday.

McCarthy's decision to change all 10 outfield players who had beaten Tottenham raised plenty of eyebrows, not least from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who has accused him of undermining the international credibility of the Premier League. Wolves have also been asked by the Premier League to explain their selection.

But McCarthy, who changed his side to ensure his first-choice picks were fit and fresh to face Burnley on Sunday, said: "I have got more integrity and honesty in that little finger than most of those who are accusing me. Whoever it is, I am not bothered."

He added: "I go through the season and I complain not one jot about anybody. I try my best not to complain, I try my best not to get involved in anyone else's politics or football club or anything like that and I am not going to get involved.

"It is laughable. I have had lots of messages of support, not because anyone thinks I need it because of the decisions that I made, but because of some of the ridiculous, scathing, outrageous comments that have been made about me and what I did."

With his tongue firmly in his cheek, McCarthy added: "I had a lovely letter from Tiger Woods thanking me for taking the pressure off him.

"I believe he is now driving round Florida in an open top car singing 'super Mick McCarthy'.

"My latest email is from Thierry Henry who seems to think I have taken the heat off him as well."

Indeed, while McCarthy believes most of the attacks on him have been unwarranted, the only person he feels does have a right to complain has already offered his support.

"The one person who has the right to bleat at me is (Burnley boss) Owen Coyle," said the former Sunderland boss. "He has seen it was the right thing to do and said it. No-one else has any bearing at all."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
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