Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy will switch his attention to other parts of his promotion-chasing squad once the expected signing of striker Alan Gow for £250,000 from Rangers is completed today.
The 26-year-old should complete his move from Ibrox after agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal with Wolves and McCarthy will look to strengthen other areas of his squad.
After the departure of loanee Michael Mancienne back to Chelsea, a centre back may be on his list. However, McCarthy said he had faith in the defenders already at his disposal and revealed he only took Mancienne, who was called into the full England squad while at Molineux, because it was an opportunity he could not turn down.
“The fact that people were in front of them didn’t make them bad players – they were still available to me,” McCarthy said. “They have been first in the pecking order – Neill Collins and Richard Stearman were different class against Swansea when they played together, and Neill has proved all along that he’s very capable.
“I took Mancienne because of how good he is and because he was available at that time. I don’t think I have to justify that reason at all. I tried to sign him a long time before and he was available and that’s why I took him.
“Sometimes it pushes other people’s noses out of joint, but as upsetting as it is, we want to win games.
“If that (Mancienne coming) gave me, the team and the club a better chance of winning games, that’s all that matters to me. I didn’t say there was anything wrong with anyone else, but I thought those two [Mancienne and Stearman}would be a very good partnership and I’ve been proved right.
“I’ve got no worries at all. Check the results we had before he came as well – we lost three out of four games but before that we won seven on the bounce.
“Michael came in on the back of those defeats and he’s been terrific, but the others are good players.”
Wanderers have already been linked with dozens of players with varying degrees of accuracy, and McCarthy broke his policy of commenting on targets to confirm his interest in Gow after Rangers boss Walter Smith made it public.
However, McCarthy has vowed to return to his policy of silence until deals have been done and warned he would take a dim view of other clubs talking about his players.
“I can’t do anything about us being linked with players,” he said. “People know I’ll give them the poker face – I won’t talk about it because it’s tantamount to tapping people up if I start mentioning targets.
“If Walter Smith says we’ve gone in for Gow then that’s fine, because that’s his player. I’ve confirmed that’s true, but not other players. I just don’t do it because I don’t think it’s fair.
“People know what I’d think if they were doing it about my players – especially if it’s someone you don’t want to lose as well.
“It’s different if it’s someone on the list and someone has come in for them, then fine, let’s get down to business and do it, but if someone says we want Kightly or Sylvan or Stearman or Hennessey and I say I haven’t heard a thing, I won’t get involved in that nonsense.”