Mick McCarthy stressed the importance of his Wolves players keeping calm as he prepares for another pressure-cooker match against Sunderland at Molineux on Sunday.
The Black Cats sacked manager Steve Bruce this week and are being strongly tipped to bring in Martin O'Neill as his replacement. McCarthy has also come under fire from sections of his own fans after a run of only one win in 11 games has seen Wolves plummet to the fringe of the relegation zone.
But he has tried to maintain an air of confidence and hopes that has rubbed off on his squad. McCarthy said: "All the time it has been a case of keeping calm after we had won two and drawn one of the first three games or when we lost seven out of nine."
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