It’s been a long time since I last wrote, and a lot has changed. Wolves now lie just outside the relegation places on goal differences. Derby may only be causing small ripples in tenth place in the Championship but Wolves are this season’s big turkeys.
Mr Morgan’s twitchy finger has struck again. Form under Solbakken was going from bad to worse. Replacing him with an inexperienced aspirant has done nothing to improve things. Sound like McCarthy-Connor? A year ago today I was complaining of similar idiocy in decision making at the club (Why McCarthy should have stayed). It is far from good to see that nothing was learned.
It was evident to everyone that Wolves disastrous rot was caused by some very well paid, very experienced players couldn’t really be bothered any more. So, new manager in time for the transfer window had some logic to it, even if that new manager did not set the pulses racing. But then to bring in no new players in the transfer window beggars belief. While I applaud the aim of running the club sustainably in the long term, time and again Wolves have tried to do just enough to scrape by, but too often that has been too little. Let’s hope this time they’re lucky and we manage to steer clear of relegation. The argument to balance the books to avoid ‘doing a Leeds’ may be a sound one, but let’s not achieve the dreaded double relegation through executive rather than financial incompetence.
If anyone’s feeling glum though, just remember, it could be worse…in the closest fixture to this one year ago we lost 1-5 to some stripy people from down the road. Cheered you up any? No? There no pleasing some people. Still, let’s hope we all enjoy this afternoon more than most recently.
But to the matter in hand. With no wins in nine this is hardly surprising that Wolves are far from favourites for this one (https://sports.bwin.com/en/sports/4/betting/football), and recent form is all against us. However, Batth’s impressive introduction to the team has provided a glimmer of hope in recent weeks, and Sako remains a big (arguably the only) positive to come out of the Solbakken era. I can’t see the unthrilling introduction of loanee Kaspars Gorkiss having a major impact, but this team has enough skill and energy in it to provide a good match for anyone in the League, so here’s hoping Saunders can be the unlikely hero and find the switch to get them working together again. I’m really not sure he’s the man for the job but I’m an eternal optimist so I hope to be proven wrong before it’s too late (though it would be typical Wolves to go on a grand unbeaten run just too late).
I’m backing a win at last away from the gloom at home. In fact – I’m going to say it – we’re too good to go down…