After a 5-1 humiliation at the hands of rivals West Bromwich Albion, the Wolves board reacted swiftly to sack manager Mick McCarthy. Four games on, Wolves are yet to register a win, conceding 14 goals in the process; it seems for all the world that Wolves will be relegated at the end of the season, and it’s nothing more than the Wolves board deserve.
When Mick McCarthy was brought in in July 2006, Wolves were in turmoil. Glenn Hoddle had just left and the club lost most of it’s star players. McCarthy managed to scrape a team together from the youth squad and some lower league signings and took them to the play-offs in his first season.
McCarthy and his Wolves side narrowly missed out on the play-offs again the following year, but McCarthy’s third year in charge would see him lift the Championship title having lead the league for 42 out of 46 games.
The first season back in the top flight saw Wolves finish 15th – their highest league finish since 1980 and the first time Wolves have managed to survive in the Premier League. The following season it took defeats to their relegation rivals on the final day to ensure Wolves’ survival, but Big Mick had kept Wolves up again.
During the off season Wolves started rebuilding their Molineux stadium, at a cost of £18 million, which would increase the capacity to 31,800 and subsequently increase matchday revenues. Obviously a lot of the forward thinking was with the understanding Wolves will remain in the top flight and therefore fill out the stadium on a regular basis. Relegation wasn’t a part of this blueprint and probably why Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey decided the best thing to do was to sack the man that had taken them from nowhere to the Premier League, and kept them there.
Moxey declared that the managerial position at Wolves was “not a job for a novice” and promoted McCarthy’s assistant Terry Connor to the managerial hotseat on an interim basis. Connor, who, would have been vital to the regime that wasn’t working under McCarthy, but after being turned down by nearly every unemployed manager – they couldn’t exactly ask Mick to come back could they?
Connor’s start to management certainly didn’t come with a honeymoon period, the opening 2-2 draw away at Newcastle is the only point Wolves have mustered under Connor and they now find themselves bottom of the table, 3 points behind QPR.
Serves them right. McCarthy had done a terrific job at Wolves and deserved to be given the chance to keep them up again. I feel sorry for the Wolves fans. Under Mick this season things weren’t exactly great but at least they looked like they had a chance. Connor has been thrown in at the deep end when he hadn’t even been given a chance to put his arm bands on.
Wolves’ eventual relegation will be difficult for the fans to swallow, but Morgan and Moxey deserve nothing more.
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