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Pressure's not a problem- Mick.

Byline: BILL HOWELL

MICK McCarthy has the nerve and the heart for Wolves' survival fight - and he has thanked the LMA for telling him so.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has undergone an operation to widen a coronary artery to his hart and McCarthy admits that the pressures of managing in the top flight are a concern.

"I think jobs in general put you under stress," said the Yorkshireman.

"I guess it is how you handle it - whether you let it rule your life, it's always going to be a problem. It's whether you keep yourself healthy.

"I think it is vital to... and I do.

Is it more stressful in the Premier League? Of course, nevertheless it was still stressful at the top of Championship because the expectation was that we were going to win it.

"I guess it is the same at the bottom, we all know the stakes that we are playing for."

McCarthy says it is difficult to break away from the pressures of managing a club in an age where clubs are under so much of the spotlight.

"I certainly don't allow it to ruin my life but I can't say that I am not thinking about it all the time - because I am," he said.

"I have my heart checked at the Adidas Wellness Centre, in Stockport. I have been doing it for the last six or seven years. Twice a season and the LMA and Premier League have always contributed. The LMA pay for it.

"It's a fantastic check-up. All sorts of people come through and all sorts of different problems have been thrown up." Former Leicester boss Dave Bassett and Allardyce, then at Bolton, showed the world that managers literally put their heart and soul into a stressful occupation.

The pair were wired up to heart monitors for a television documentary, on the Tonight programme with Trevor Mac-Donald.

The match saw Bolton reduced to nine men in the first 20 minutes when Leicester went 2-0 up.

Foxes' Muzzy Izzet was then sent off and in a tense and dramatic finale, Bolton scored in injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw.

At one point, Allardyce's heart rate reached 160 beats per minute, four times his normal resting pulse.

Bassett's results were just as disturbing. His blood pressure peaked at 190mmHg, he also suffered irregular heartbeat as the game reached a climax and his heart rate topped out at 120bpm.

"Sam was on a running machine and came off completely knackered," recalls McCarthy. "His heart rate was higher when the goal went in than it was when he fell of the running machine."

McCarthy though will not change his exuberant pitchside manner.

"You are what you are. I can't do it any other way. I couldn't just sit there," he said.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2009
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