Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has told the Express and Star that he feels sorry for Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett.
Ipswich are set to face Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, as they look to climb into the play off places.
And McCarthy, who used to manage Wolves between 2006 and 2012, insists that his former side remain a good team, despite their disappointing campaign.
“I remember going there and playing against Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko at the end of last season and they were a real threat. Bakary Sako as well,” McCarthy said.
“To lose those players, it makes your team worse.
“I feel for Kenny a bit. He’s having a tough time but they are still a capable team.”
McCarthy’s Ipswich side are currently in eighth place in the Championship table, just four points away from a play off space.
They go into the match at Molineux in rather inconsistent form, having won just one of their last four outings.
Wolves, meanwhile, have struggled to show any sort of consistency so far this season.
The Midlands side have been disappointingly poor, and they have failed to live up to expectations.
Wolves are currently in 12th place in the Championship table - 14 points back from the top six.