Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City appointment, it’s fair to say, sparked a very strong reaction from many Bluebirds fans.
The departure of Neil Harris wasn’t too much of a shock given City’s disastrous run of six defeats on the trot, while the manner of the performances were also a source of great concern.
Fans banged the drum for a progressive and exciting appointment, with Craig Bellamy and Eddie Howe at the top of many wish-lists.
Neither of those names, if we’re being entirely honest, were really all that realistic for various reasons, but it isn’t all that difficult to sympathise with the point that a long-term vision is what’s needed to help solve the more deeply-rooted issues at the club.
Many supporters subsequently reacted with disappointment and dismay at the announcement of Mick McCarthy as the club’s new boss.
Our own fan columnist Scott Johnson said he was left “speechless” at the news.
However, McCarthy, to his credit, has brilliantly brushed off such criticisms, many of which have been a tad unfair. He’s been around the block enough times to know how these things go, after all.
There’s clearly no guarantee of success, but McCarthy was impressive in laying out his plan for this under-performing Cardiff side, who are currently closer to a relegation fight than a top six finish right now.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I can’t control that” was McCarthy’s diplomatic answer when questioned on the reaction from fans.
Of course, he’ll want to make those supporters happy, but for a man who has so often relished the prospect of proving his critics wrong, he’s unlikely to lose sleep over such grumblings of discontent.
In any case, quite a few fans seem to have already come round to the idea of him as City boss, although, looking at social media, it’s clear many are still keen for the situation to be reassessed in the summer – which is currently the plan.
McCarthy’s first game in charge comes against hometown club Barnsley on Wednesday night, and fans will be keen to see what impact the new manager will have.
Questioned on what style of football fans can expect, McCarthy added: “I like to win games. Isn’t it interesting, I look back at Neil and winning games, when they are winning games, nobody questions that, that’s the point.
“If we have got all the players and we can roll it out to them in the 18-yard box, pass it up the field and score goals, then, yeah, we will do it.
“If we have to play up to the front man and play off them then we will do it.
“If we have to play out wide and get crosses in the box then we will do it, if we have got wingers and strikers who can score.”