Tuesday 14 February 2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Karl Henry says former manager Mick McCarthy can leave Molineux with his head held high after he was dismissed on Monday.
McCarthy's five-and-a-half-year reign at the Midlands club came to an end following the 5-1 defeat at home to rivals West Brom in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.
But Henry, who joined Wolves when McCarthy was appointed in the summer of 2006, says he should be remembered for getting Wolves into the top flight and keeping them there.
"Mick did wonders for the club. He did what no manager in the modern era had done"
- Karl Henry
"It was a difficult day," Henry told the club's official website. "I was one of the gaffer's first signings and it has been a great five-and-a-half years.
"He did wonders for the club. Before he came several managers had tried and failed to get Wolves up. Dave Jones did well to get Wolves there but then they went back down.
"The gaffer did what no manager in the modern era had done by getting up and then staying up. So he can certainly leave with his head held high."
Henry made more than 200 appearances for Wolves under McCarthy after falling out of favour at Stoke and he admits he owes the 53-year-old a huge debt of gratitude.
"I've got a lot to thank the gaffer for personally," added Henry. "I've been an ever-present during my time here and I appreciate what he's done for me and for the club.
"He's a great manager and will continue to be wherever he ends up. He's also been a very good ambassador for this football club and it's a sad day to see him leave.
"I think even his harshest critics would recognise what he's done for Wolves.
"Unfortunately these things happen in football and we will all move on. We have to focus because we've got another relegation battle on our hands."
Wolves are next in action when they travel to the Sports Direct Arena to take on Newcastle United on Saturday 25th February.