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BARNSLEY born Mick McCarthy has been sacked as manager of Wolves after five-and-a-half years in charge at Molineux.

Club owner Steve Morgan has ended McCarthy’s reign with Sunday’s 5-1 home defeat to West Brom the final straw. Some fans vented their anger towards the directors box during the game and a couple of hundred demonstrated outside the ground long after the final whistle.

Wolves released a statement which read: “Wolves have today announced that manager, Mick McCarthy, has left the club with immediate effect.”

The statement continued: “The Board took the difficult decision to terminate Mick’s contract after a run of form which has seen Wolves pick up only 14 points in the last 22 League games, after a promising start to the season, culminating in yesterday’s 5-1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.

“Terry Connor will take charge of team training in the interim until a new manager is appointed.

“The Board would like to place on record their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mick McCarthy and he leaves with the very best wishes of everyone connected to the club.”

Morgan, who is away on a half-term skiing holiday, has stayed supportive towards McCarthy during a difficult season but has decided a change is needed with 13 games to go.

He has a fortnight to find a replacement with Wolves not in FA Cup action this weekend.

There has been a simmering undercurrent of anger from Wolves supporters despite the club managing to stay out of the bottom three until the home setback by Aston Villa in mid January.

The win at QPR 10 days ago ended a run of 11 games without a win in all competitions. But it was only a temporary reprieve before Wolves were put to the sword by West Brom and suffered a fourth successive home setback to seal McCarthy’s fate.

FACTFILE

1977: Made league debut for Barnsley and played in every game of their then Division Four campaign, scoring one goal.

1983: Moved to Manchester City for £200,000 after 272 appearances and seven league goals for the Tykes. At the time it was the biggest transfer fee Barnsley had received.

1984: Made Republic of Ireland debut in 0-0 Lansdowne Road draw with Poland in May.

1987: City were relegated to Division Two and in May McCarthy joined Celtic after 140 league appearances and two goals for the Blues. Made Celtic debut against Hibernian on October 3 and helped the Hoops to the double, collecting Scottish League and Cup winners’ medals.

1989: Picked up second successive Scottish Cup winners’ medal after 1-0 final win over Rangers.

1989: Joined French club Lyon.

1990: In March, returns to England and makes Millwall debut at Luton before completing a £500,000 move in May. Played in all Ireland’s matches in final stages of World Cup as the Republic reached the quarter-finals before bowing out to hosts Italy.

1991: Succeeded Bruce Rioch as Millwall player-manager in March and made last appearance for the club against Southend in final match of season. Played in 35 league games, scoring two goals, for the Lions.

1992: In June, won last of 57 Republic caps in 2-0 victory over Portugal in Boston.

1994: Steered Millwall to third place in Division One but missed out on promotion to the Premiership when beaten 2-0 on aggregate by Derby in play-off semi-final.

1995: Engineered FA Cup victories over Premiership sides Arsenal and Chelsea before bowing out to QPR. Also beat Nottingham Forest to reach fifth round of Coca-Cola Cup before losing to Swindon. Revival in league form during second half of season boosted Millwall’s Division One finishing position to 12th.

1996: Took Millwall to top of Division One before slump in form saw them drop into mid-table. Appointed Jack Charlton’s successor as Republic of Ireland manager on February 5.

1997: November - Guides side to brink of qualifying for World Cup finals in France 98, but Republic are beaten 3-2 by Belgium in play-off.

December 2 - Handed new contract to manage Republic until the European Championship finals in Belgium and Holland in 2000.

2001: Ireland qualify for World Cup with Portugal, at the expense of Holland.

2002: May - Ireland skipper Roy Keane sent home from Far East before World Cup starts, following blazing row with McCarthy after the Manchester United midfielder’s criticism of Ireland’s facilities.

June 16 - After qualifying from Group E with Germany, Ireland’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals end in a penalty shoot-out with Spain.

June 17 - Agrees to stay on as manager of the Republic for a further two years, meaning he will remain in charge for the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign.

October - Linked with the manager’s job at Sunderland but Howard Wilkinson ultimately fills the vacancy.

November 5 - Leaves his post as Republic of Ireland manager.

2003: March 12 - Appointed Sunderland manager.

May - Loses first nine Premiership games in charge as Sunderland are relegated from the top flight.

2004: May 17 - Loses to Crystal Palace on penalties in the Championship play-off semi-final.

2005: May - Promoted to Premiership as champions of the Coca-Cola Championship.

2006: March 7 - Sacked as Sunderland manager.

July 21 - Appointed manager of Wolves.

2007: Leads Wolves to the play-offs in his first season in charge but they lose in the semi-finals to local rivals West Brom.

2009: Leads Wolves to the Championship title.

2012: February 13 - After two successful battles against relegation from the Premier League, McCarthy is sacked the day after a 5-1 defeat at home to derby rivals West Brom sees them drop into the bottom three.