McCarthy cools Cardiff talk
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy has denied reports he is looking to raid Cardiff.Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy has denied reports he is looking to raid financially-troubled Cardiff City for some of their players.
Speculation had claimed that McCarthy had been given permission to talk to Cardiff's veteran defender Tony Vidmar about a move to The Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats were also linked with Danny Gabbidon and Jobi McAnuff but McCarthy has nipped the transfer rumours in the bud.
"I haven't spoken to any players this week, despite what you might have read in some of the press," McCarthy told the club's official website.
"Cardiff are going through some difficulties at the moment and, as a result of that, their players are being linked with clubs.
"I spoke to Tony Vidmar about two years ago and, because of the number of players I had on the books at the time, I wasn't able to bring him in.
"But I certainly haven't been given permission to speak to him and I haven't asked for permission to speak to him!"
Meanwhile, McCarthy is preparing to keep Sunderland's bid to return to The Premiership on course at Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.
After an alarming slump in form, Crewe will also be desperate for the points but McCarthy concedes he is not worried about what the hosts have in store for his side.
McCarthy told Sky Sports News: "I don't really prepare us to face them in terms of what they are going to do. What we are going to do them is my philosophy.
"There will be players in their team we'll have to be careful of from set-pieces and free kicks and certain aspects of their game that we have to be wary of.
"But if we go in there with the intentions of getting the points to finish in the top two then we should be seeing what damage we can do them really."