Just be honest Mick, advises Taylor

Graham Taylor understands why Mick McCarthy fielded a weakened

Wolves team at Manchester United – and believes the Premier League

are to blame.

The league have asked McCarthy to explain the reasons for his

much-changed line-up at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

After making 10 changes to the team that won at Tottenham 72

hours earlier, McCarthy saw his side slump to a 3-0 defeat. The

move was widely condemned, although Wolves chief executive Jez

Moxey has refused to rule out the possibility of McCarthy making

mass changes to his side later on in the season.

Former Wolves manager Taylor told the Daily Express: “What he

did was a shock. “But when he talked about the risks of hamstring

injuries and the tiredness of the players after the effort they put

in to beat Tottenham, I thought: No Mick, you’ve no need to say all

that, just say ‘I’m the manager. I pick the team. I take


“If he thought he had a better chance of getting three points

off Burnley by doing it that way, he had no need to say anything


“To those who accuse him of giving three points away he could

say: ‘Hold on a minute, don’t a lot of these big clubs play

weakened sides when it suits them?’

“If he judged that by doing what he did he will give Wolves

the better chance to stay in the Premier League, I am with him.”

However, the man who managed the club from 1994-95 can

sympathise with frustrated Wolves fans and believes a solution is


Taylor added: “The Premier League need to be careful because

they have made this situation…the commercial success of the

league is fantastic.

“The FA Cup and the League Cup have both been devalued by

clubs being allowed to pick understrength sides.

“What Wolves have done may start a run of it in the Premier

League, particularly if they beat Burnley…you could have other

clubs looking at it and deciding that is the way they will go.”