Mick: Tag has weighed AC down

McCarthy is an admirer of Carroll and it is well documented he

tried to sign him without success from Newcastle following a loan

spell with Preston.

He still believes Carroll will be a success at Liverpool but

feels he has not been helped by the size of the fee in adjusting to

life with one of the Premier League’s leading clubs.

McCarthy, who welcomes Liverpool to Molineux on Tuesday night,

said: “Andy is still a threat but price tags have made life hard

for a lot of people.

“We should know from a player who left Wolves a long time ago

(to join Manchester City) and was supposedly the top player, in

Steve Daley.

“It makes life hard. If it just doesn’t happen immediately, then

it ends being a bit of a burden.

“He (Carroll) can’t help the transfer fee. Straight away, and

even more so now, you go to every ground and you’re not flying then

it’s ‘what a waste of money.’

“You’re getting highlighted and spotlighted. It doesn’t make

playing any easier that’s for sure.

“Maybe Liverpool play a slightly different way to what Newcastle

did as well. But give him time. There’s no doubt he’s a good


McCarthy is an admirer of the way Kenny Dalglish has revived the

Reds’ fortunes during his year at the helm.

He said: “Kenny is Kenny. He’s loved by everybody there. It’s a

great starting point when you go in and you have that wonderful

feeling towards you.

“But he’s backed it up by getting them into the League Cup final

– and they’re progressing.”

McCarthy insists Wolves have done all they can to bring in new

players in January but only on-loan Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel

Frimpong and Iceland international Eggert Jonsson have signed.

He said: “We’ve tried but we’ve had no joy with it other than

taking a terrific player in Manny (Frimpong) on loan and Eggert who

looks like he will be a good player for us.

“We’ve done everything we possibly can.”

Wolves will be aiming to end a run of 10 games without a win and

McCarthy laughed off rumours he had left the club after the home

defeat by Aston Villa 10 days ago.

He said: “Yes, I left – and went back to my house as I do every

game. It’s not based in Molineux.

“There were wild rumours going around that I’d lost my job.

Hey-ho, what can I do about that?”