Is there still hope for Wolves yet?

by Edward Watson

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

As much as they try to paint a glossy picture over the whole situation I think it’s fair to say that the Wolverhampton Wanderers board made a complete hash of their recent manager appointment process.

I’d go as far as saying that they wouldn’t lose much more dignity if they’d rang Mick McCarthy up and offered him his old job back. The only saving grace of the whole situation was that they didn’t want Steve Bruce that much they put Terry Connor in charge for the remainder of the season.

It goes without saying that the antics over the last two weeks has ultimately made Wolves a weaker side and thus join Wigan as favourites to face the drop this season. No matter what positive spin the board try to put upon the situation this was not what they had in mind when relieving Mick of his duties and couldn’t have been anything other than a last resort situation.

But could it potentially work in the clubs favour?

With expectations of survival now having dropped rapidly from the expectations of two weeks ago the pressure on the players has no doubt been eased ever so slightly – of course the pressure’s still on but expectation levels have fallen.

And this gives Terry Connor and the lads a chance to prove everyone wrong, stay up and wipe the metaphorical egg off Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey’s faces.

A trip to the former St. James Park today gives them a chance to show what they’re made of against a Newcastle side that’s looked the real deal this season. Alan Pardew’s side certainly won’t be making it easy for Wolves either: With a 5-0 thumping at Spurs last time out no doubt still haunting them at the back of their minds they will be desperate to return with three points as they continue to push for Europe.

The last of February and March is set to be make or break for Wolves. Important ties with Fulham, Blackburn, Norwich and Bolton as well as tough home tie with Manchester United follow the one this afternoon: Two of which – Bolton and Blackburn – they cannot afford to lose.

There’s no question that a hard task just became much harder. A season that was expected to see the team grow and push for mid-table places has once again turned into a season of salvation and struggle for survival.

I didn’t get the feeling the club or the players were quite ready for Mad Mick to leave. I still feel this is the case. I believe the players will fight for both him and Terry Connor for the remainder of the season and try to do proud what he did over the last six years before the next chapter of Wolverhampton Wanderers history begins under new management.

It will be tough – and in my mind failure still looks more likely than success – but there’s every chance that this shambles of a fortnight could be the kick up the backside the club needed.

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