McCarthy wants more
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mick McCarthy is looking to get more out of his Sunderland squad.Mick McCarthy is looking to get more out of his Sunderland squad, but admits he will be looking to bring in new faces during the transfer window.
The Black Cats have managed just one Premiership win so far this season and currently prop up the division.
McCarthy knows he needs to see a rapid improvement in form if they are to stand a chance of surviving in the top flight, and says he needs an overall improvement.
The former Republic of Ireland boss says he may have been too reliant on the inexperienced trio of Jon Stead, Anthony Le Tallec and Stephen Elliott to bang in the goals to win them games.
McCarthy says a back problem for Elliott has not helped his plans, and admits that some of his young stars may need a break.
"We're looking to improve in all areas if we can, I keep saying what we have to do with players we've got here is improve all of us and get better," McCarthy told Sky Sports News.
"But you know perhaps I have relied heavily on an England Under-21 international (Stead), a French Under-21 international (Le Tallec) and an Irishman (Elliott) who turned out to be a full cap now but has been struggling with a bad back.
"Andy Gray, when I brought him in I thought what was available to me, I've liked Andy for a long time, I thought him and Elliott had a really good partnership, certainly when we went down to Boro.
"Then that team we had has not been available since. We have to keep working with the lads we've got.
"I have to be honest, they're a really honest bunch and they've given me everything but perhaps one or two of them need a break."