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Premier League review: Time to draw a line under Suárez-Evra saga

Alex Sharp looks back at another instalment of Premier League football, as controversy marred Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford

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Controversy: Luis Suárez did not shake Patrice Evra's hand on SaturdayPhoto: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Finally, after four months of denial, hyperbole and a lack of respect, a can a line be drawn under the Luis Suárez-Patrice Evra saga.

Saturday was a sad day for football. Suárez displayed such an appalling lack of respect for the game, his colleagues and his employers.

The whole handshake issue tarnished a usually superb fixture in the footballing calendar.

Liverpool’s handling of the saga has been embarrassing and even their sponsors have had to step in. In addition, Kenny Dalglish was obnoxious to the media while buried in denial.

No wonder Suárez refused to shake Evra’s hand on Saturday – he hasn’t been led by example.

The debate about the handshake rages on but Everton’s Tim Cahil tweeted a lot of sense: “Shaking of hands before n after games shouldn’t be eradicated… teaches our children respect to officials and players.”

Away from the handbags, Mick McCarthy has been dismissed by Wolves – and at a very bizarre point in the season. Surely he should have gone in January to enable the new man in charge to really make his mark?

McCarthy was in sack-able form with his Wolves side only picking up 14 points from their last 22 League games, despite a promising start to the campaign.

Indeed, Mick McCarthy has the lowest win percentage of any manager to take charge of over 100 Premier League matches, he was relegated with Sunderland and had simply run out of steam at Molineux.

So who can take the reins now? It’s an extremely difficult task to take on now and very few candidates have experience of saving clubs from the drop.

Wolves need to act very quickly behind the scenes but surely the interest expressed by Alan Curbishley for the post is worth a punt.

Neil Warnock struggle with Sheffield United and they were relegated, Sven Goran Erikkson has never dealt with such a situation and Steve Bruce was failing at Sunderland. There aren’t many other options around.

Roy Hodgson’s West Brom wielded the axe on McCarthy with that emphatic 5-1 away win. The Baggies have the second best away record in the league, only behind Manchester United.

Hodgson would be the perfect candidate for Wolves to take over and save them from the dreaded drop but obviously that won’t be happening.

The former Liverpool boss has done exceedingly well to rediscover his own form since leaving Anfield and can almost already count his Baggies safe.

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