Monday 13 February 2012
West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson has given his full backing to Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy after the Baggies' resounding Black Country derby win at Molineux.
Peter Odemwingie scored a hat-trick as the visitors romped to a 5-1 victory which left Wolves in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League.
Hodgson admitted it was a good day for his side - who are now eight points clear of the relegation zone - but added that McCarthy still deserved support.
"Wolves have an outstanding owner as well as an outstanding manager"
- Roy Hodgson
"Of course, I feel sympathy and empathy for Mick. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I think Wolves can be more than satisfied with what Mick has done for this club," said Hodgson.
"I think he's done an excellent job and continues to do an excellent job. But, on the other hand, I don't want to appear naive.
"It doesn't matter whether you're God Almighty or Mick McCarthy, people are going to think there are people out there who can do the job better.
"My final comment on the subject is that people should be careful what they wish for.
"I think Wolves will still stay up if they keep their heads because they have an outstanding owner as well as an outstanding manager."
McCarthy has apologised to the Wolves' fans for their performance on Sunday but said he was ready to battle to keep Wolves up.
He added: "I always feel I'm the right person to do it, absolutely.
"I apologise to the fans for the performance. I've never done it before but it was warranted because it was awful in the last half an hour.
"Whatever the fans were saying, we deserve every bit of it, no problem. Whatever grief they were giving out to me and the players was fully justified after that performance."
Hodgson, who celebrated a year in charge of Albion on Saturday, said: "It was certainly up there as our best performance since I've been at the club."