Barnsley’s Mick McCarthy relieved after Wolves avoid drop - VIDEO

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BARNSLEY born Mick McCarthy found it difficult to describe his relief after Wolves managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League - watch video.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager: Mick McCarthy.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager: Mick McCarthy.

McCarthy, aged 52, was speaking after Wolves’ ensured their top-flight status, despite a 3–2 defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers.

The first game of the 2010–11 season began with a 2–1 home win against Stoke City.

On 5 February 2011, Wolves - bottom of the table at the time - beat top of the table and subsequent champions Manchester United, to break their 29 game unbeaten run in the league in a 2–1 home win.

But despite beating top half of the league teams, they came unstuck and almost went down - avoiding the drop by just one point.

He said Premier League survival is the important thing not the margin.

The former Irish international footballer has been in charge at Wolverhampton Wanderers since July 2006.

His playing career included spells at Barnsley, Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon and Millwall, as well as representing the Republic of Ireland internationally on 57 occasions.

He has previously managed Millwall, Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland and also works as a television football pundit and commentator.