McCarthy hails Henry attitude

McCarthy has made new recruit Roger Johnson skipper in place of

Henry, who has been club captain for three years. “It was

exceptionally tough,” McCarthy said of the decision. “He’s come

through the Championship and we’ve stayed in the Premier League for

two seasons while Karl has been captain and he has been excellent.

“It was difficult because Karl has done nothing wrong.” McCarthy

added that Henry’s reaction to the decision has been professional.

“He reacted as I’d expect him to do. “He got on with it, and keeps

on doing what he does. “He cannot let it affect his performances

and he won’t. “I didn’t like having to tell him either, because I

have a great relationship with him. “But that’s what I get paid for

– to make those decisions.” Wolves are not planning to bring in any

more players during this transfer window, having acquired Johnson,

Jamie O’Hara and Dorus de Vries. Since their promotion to the

Premier League two seasons ago, the club have gained a reputation

for completing their business early in pre-season, and McCarthy

believes this has helped him to snare some of his top targets. He

said: “If I’m vying for players like Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher,

Stephen Hunt, Roger Johnson and Jamie O’Hara, if we don’t go in and

get them then all I’m doing is leaving it open for other people to

go and sign them. “And do you know what it does when you go in

early? The players like that. “It’s saying ‘I want to sign you,

you’re my first choice’. How good does it make them feel then? “I

don’t have a list as long as my arm, I’ve got targets that I want

and I’ve managed to get them.” Premier League managers will see

their players in international action just three days before the

first domestic game of the season, and McCarthy feels the timing of

this round of international friendlies is not ideal. He said: “It’s

just daft, isn’t it?” “It does nobody any favours at all, and it

probably doesn’t do the international managers any favours either

because they are more focused on the start of the league . “It’s

just not a great date, but we have to get on with it.”