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Wolves In Sheep`s Clothing

Wolves In Sheep`s Clothing

The implications of Wolves boss Mick McCarthy to field what was a reserve side against title contenders Manchester United last night could be far reaching.

The decision to rest the players is in violation of Premier League rule 20, section E which states: 'In every league match each participating club shall field a full strength team.' Ok so other clubs have rested players in the past, but to this scale?

What about the supporters? £42 per ticket and then you learn that the manager has accepted defeat before a ball has been kicked, which leads into another area all together, betting.

Fielding a team weakened to the extent that McCarthy put out last night is virtually guaranteeing victory to United, now it would be interesting to note how much money was laid on a home win once the team sheets had been disclosed. If it is a lot more than usual then you can be sure that there will be some disgruntled bookies today.

What on earth have Wolves striven to get promoted to the Premier League for if they aren`t prepared to compete against the top clubs? It is just a ludicrous situation. A mockery of the league and McCarthy should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

The question that now begs to be answered is will other clubs follow suit? When Portsmouth play Arsenal or West Ham travel to Chelsea will we see them field weakened sides so as to save their star players to be fresh in the next winnable fixture, we will soon have Premier League 1 and Premier League 2 if this goes unchecked.

What is the answer? Dock three points off any club that fields a team weakened by three players or more without a valid medical certificate; it may just make managers think before this happens again.

Wolves were always a club with heart, now it appears that they flatter to deceive, a good victory at Spurs followed by total capitulation at Manchester United, for me it is a game that has tarnished the season and I just hope it back-fires on McCarthy with Burnley absolutely stuffing them at the weekend.

Wolves? More like Wolves in sheep`s clothing

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday December 16 2009
Time: 4:05PM


Smacks of cheating
16/12/2009 16:09:00
Does it hell, get a grip, every club rotates its squad. We're not the first and we won't be the last. I look forward to watching your first choice 11 playing the remainder of the season with no changes.
Wolf Man
16/12/2009 16:21:00
It's not that long ago, that Megson fielded a team of youngsters and reserves in Uefa in an effort to beat us. That backfired.
16/12/2009 16:28:00
Its not about rotating and if you are claiming thats all that McCarthy did then you are kidding yourself...what I am saying is that NO club should be allowed to field dramatically weakened teams as it undermines the league, he basically threw the game, would he have done the same had you not got something from Spurs? There was a time when clubs got fined for this sort of thing
16/12/2009 16:38:00
10 changes is a little more than rotation and if Martinez did the same at Liverpool tonight I would be far from happy
16/12/2009 16:40:00
i agree that it shouldnt be allowed but who has the authority to say it was a weakend side we all know it was but wolves could argue its just as good a team
16/12/2009 16:50:00
whats it got to do with liverpool their not even in the same bracket so it wont affect their league position
Super Bock 1898
17/12/2009 00:33:00
There's an easy answer, if Wolves argue that the team they put out was just as good, then force them to play the same team every week till the end of the season so everyone can play their starting 11 on equal terms.
17/12/2009 09:49:00
He's nice man though, a bit of a Character !!
18/12/2009 09:37:00
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