The Midlands club gave McCarthy his marching orders after a shambolic 5-1 defeat to West Brom, with a fortnight to interview potential candidates although Alan Curbishley and Brian McDermott appear to have turned their nose up at respective offers.
It’s far from ideal considering that Wolves sit 18th in the table and they will be up against a side enjoying a successful campaign which has seen Newcastle amass twice as many points as their opponents this term.
The bookmakers anticipate a home win and the Magpies are an 8/13 chance (Coral free bets) to win at home for the 8th time this season, with the home supporters once again getting a chance to see Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in action.
The Senegalese pair were unable to prevent their team from being hammered 5-0 at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago but should be a handful against a Wolves defence that also conceded five goals in their last game and Ba will be a popular wager at 7/2 (Boylesports bookmaker) to score the first goal of this match.
Have Wolves got any hope of getting something from this game? The players appear to be angry that McCarthy has been made the scapegoat for a poor campaign and perhaps they will take responsibility, while a trip away from Molineux may actually work in their favour.
Newcastle are not completely bombproof at home and an away win is an 11/2 chance (Blue Square), while a hard-fought point is certainly a possibility at odds of 14/5.