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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has vowed to target the top ten in the Premier League next season if his side avoid relegation against Blackburn this Sunday.

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McCarthy's side have picked up high profile results against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool this season but find themselves still needing to secure their future in the league on the last day. Now the boss claims that he can improve his team even more next campaign if they are still in the top flight.

"I'm three points away from being able to improve the club again," said McCarthy. "If we maintain our Premier League status with those three more points, then we will try to improve again. Every year I've been here, we've improved.

"If we survive, then I won't be looking for that experience again - I'll be looking for the experience of trying to finish in the top ten rather than out of the bottom three."

McCarthy also admitted the feeling of 'worthlessness' that would come with relegation to the Champioship after coming so close to having what could have been deemed a decent season.

"All of us are only five or six points from having a good season and yet the ones that don't survive will just feel hollow, empty and lifeless for a while,'' he said. ''And that's not the feeling we want for a while. The ones that do go down eventually will feel worthless.

"It does not matter how many points you have gone down with. I saw Glenn Roeder recently and he reminded me about when West Ham went down with 42 points. He didn't need to really.

"None of us want to go down and we all want to be in the Premier League next year but two of the five are going to go."

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