15/08/2010 20:45,
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The Rivals: Wolves

Wolves could be leaders of the Midlands pack this season if new signings Fletcher and Hunt hit it off with frontman Doyle...

Eight years after his 2002 World Cup spat with Roy Keane, Mick McCarthy was involved in another United-related controversy last season when he fielded a weakened team at Old Trafford. A straight-talking Barnsley boy, he’s been at Wolves since 2006, and would argue his decision was vindicated by the team staying up.

Veteran defender Jody Craddock made his 500th career appearance last term and, with five goals to boot, was voted Player of the Season. The 34-year-old agreed a new one-year deal in June.

Top man
In new signing Steven Fletcher, Wolves may have someone to share striking duties with Kevin Doyle; the Scottish international hit 13 goals for Burnley last term. New signings McCarthy has exploited Hull and Burnley’s demise by snapping up three of their Steven/Stephens: winger Hunt, defender Mouyokolo and Fletcher. Belgian defender Jelle van Damme and Algerian midfielder Adiene Guedioura are also on board.

Emerging talent
Keeper Wayne Hennessey, an Academy product, is already an established Welsh international at 23. He recently signed a new five-year deal and will be aiming to oust veteran Marcus

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Mixing with Mick

Dates for the diary
6 November 2010 (h)
5 February 2011 (a)

2009/10 results
3-0 (h), 1-0 (a)

Last three seasons
2009/10 - 15th
2008/09 - 1st*
2007/08 - 7th*

*in the Championship


Premier League