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First step to recovery


By Tom Bason
May 7 2013

If ever there was an owner whose stock has fallen (and I mean that both figuratively and literally) in the last two years, it is Steve Morgan. 

Accused of a reluctance to put his hand in his pocket while in the Premier League, the subsequent sacking of Mick McCarthy divided fans; it was either nine months too late or shouldn’t have happened at all. His successor, Terry Connor was appointed due to the board’s reluctance to deal with national press criticism over the amount of time it took to make up their mind on his replacement.

Perhaps it seemed that last summer, he had the chance to put things right. Ståle Solbakken was a bold appointment, aimed with moving the club not just back into the Premier League, but also bringing the team’s playing style into the 21st Century. For whatever reason, that appointment did not work out; those who supported Solbakken (and I include myself in this group) felt he was undermined by both the players and a lack of funds and should have been given the January transfer window to sort things out.

But, Solbakken was sacked. For the second time in under a year, a manager was sacked on the back of a humiliating defeat; McCarthy after a 5-1 home loss to West Bromwich Albion, Solbakken following a 1-0 reversal to non-League Luton Town in the FA Cup. Perhaps the board could be accused of being a little trigger happy, when maybe taking a night to mull over the options could have been a better course of action.

Yet, this time Morgan wasn’t going to be accused of dillydallying in his appointment. There was very little chance of that, as the rumours of Dean Saunders’ imminent appointment spread just hours after Solbakken’s dismissal, before being formally announced two days later. Did Morgan get a rush of blood to the head then? Probably, especially when he himself confirmed that Saunders was the only man on the shortlist.

20 points from 20 games and one relegation later, and Saunders is gone. Presumably, Morgan will take a bit of time to make his decision this season. The club have made a point of stating on the official statement that the search for a new boss, “in conjunction with the Board, will be managed by Head of Football Development & Recruitment Kevin Thelwell.

One thing I think is clear is that, away from the watchful gaze of the national newspapers, this will not be a quick decision. This decision has to be the correct one, and it needs to take as long as it takes. But, once the decision has been made, it needs to be stuck to. The appointment of Solbakken was not a quick decision, but when the going got tough, the board bottled it and brought in somebody new.

Whoever the new manager is, it is clear that sweeping changes need to be made throughout the playing staff. There is not going to be a quick fix, and the board need to give the new manager time to make the necessary decisions. If we end up with a team full of kids next season and are hanging around mid-table, as long as there are signs of progression, the board will need to resist those fans who will be undoubtedly calling for the manager’s head.

Steve Morgan has lost an awful lot of support from the fans over the past two years. This is potentially the first step onto the road of winning some of it back.

Favourites (at the time of writing): Darren Ferguson, Owen Coyle and Micky Adams

Potential outside bet: Paul Sturrock

 

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First step to recovery
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013:06:04:17:39:53 by toomb.

 
Re: First step to recovery
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
16/05/2013 18:43
There will be no recovery whilst Morgan/Moxey remain at the club Tom so sacking Saunders cant be a step anywhere. I reckon we will be closer to league 2 than promotion next season if Jackett is appointed which he probably will be given the lack of vision at the club

 
Re: First step to recovery
ernesto hunt (IP Logged)
17/05/2013 12:23
You are a while in this response, Angry.

But it's very much in keeping with the topic I posted after Saunders was sacked entittled 'Wrong man sacked first'- the gist was that it should have been Moxey before anyone else . . . as Morgan was showing no signs of honouring his pledge to 'walk'!

Tom, on the topic I mentioned earlier - I've had some responses but have had to draw breath for the moment (had a bit of a health issue that needs attention first).

But I am still convinced of the rightness of that road - see the article I linked to on the post about Swansea getting it right (some history of their developement from the turn of the century (2001).

 
Re: First step to recovery
johnwolf (IP Logged)
17/05/2013 20:49
not all fans want Moxey and Morgan out - the South Bank are the main force behind any dissent at the Golden Palace - all one reads about is about the two Ms nothing about whats good for WWFC.
Moxey's crime is doing his job right and not spending enough money on players that the "South Bank" want, Morgan has made mistakes - tell me someone who hasn't, he has admitted this and according to Steve Bull he is 100% committed to getting us back to were we belong.
Fans will never agree - but what Ps me off is the constant deriding, the constand Ps taking of our club by people who pertain to be fans - well true fans don't constantly deride their team/club and make it a laughing stock.

 
Re: First step to recovery
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
17/05/2013 21:08
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johnwolf
not all fans want Moxey and Morgan out - the South Bank are the main force behind any dissent at the Golden Palace - all one reads about is about the two Ms nothing about whats good for WWFC.
Moxey's crime is doing his job right and not spending enough money on players that the "South Bank" want, Morgan has made mistakes - tell me someone who hasn't, he has admitted this and according to Steve Bull he is 100% committed to getting us back to were we belong.
Fans will never agree - but what Ps me off is the constant deriding, the constand Ps taking of our club by people who pertain to be fans - well true fans don't constantly deride their team/club and make it a laughing stock.
What b.ollocks. The south bank want Morgan out and so do all the other three stands with the exception of a few prawn sandwich munchers in the Billy Quiet. The only reason you hear the southbank chanting for beetroot head to fck off is they are the most vocal stand in the ground and say what 95% of us are thinking. You can't discriminate against 1 stand, I've been in the steve bull for the last 15 years and practically everyone in there wants him out as well. You then go on to state in your drivel of verbal dung "no one goes on about what's good about WWFC"... go on then, enlighten us what's good about what Moxey and Morgan have done. We are a league 1 club with Moxey one of the highest paid CEOS in football and have appointed and sacked 4 managers in less than 18 months.
You say Moxeys crime is "doing his job right"... are you having a fcking laugh? What "right" has Moxey done presiding over a club playing Crawley next season with most of the fanbase detesting the fat sack of sh.it? You then state in this ridiculous post " Steve Bull says Morgan is 100% committed to getting us back where we belong.. Is this the same Steve Bull that wanted Saunders to be judged at xmas? Legendary player but a mouthpiece of Morgan like Murray who works for the club but you're too thick to see it.

You say what "p s " you off is contantly deriding by fans..what do you expect , fans to scream in Morgan we trust as we travel to carlisle next season? "True fans" don't defend a sickly diseased regime but call a spade a spade and if you cant see the difference between supporting the club and supporting a board which are slowly grinding the club into the dust you aren't worthy of converse... how is the wolves forum BTW?the only laughing stock are you boys on there defending the indefensible..sorry we arent a propagada machine of Morgan on here



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Re: First step to recovery
Stourport Wolf (IP Logged)
18/05/2013 08:48
Quote:
johnwolf
not all fans want Moxey and Morgan out - the South Bank are the main force behind any dissent at the Golden Palace - all one reads about is about the two Ms nothing about whats good for WWFC.
Moxey's crime is doing his job right and not spending enough money on players that the "South Bank" want, Morgan has made mistakes - tell me someone who hasn't, he has admitted this and according to Steve Bull he is 100% committed to getting us back to were we belong.
Fans will never agree - but what Ps me off is the constant deriding, the constand Ps taking of our club by people who pertain to be fans - well true fans don't constantly deride their team/club and make it a laughing stock.

johnwolf, I'm not sure if you are employed at Molineux, just a general wind up merchant or are a genuine fan. Wolves fans do like a bit of a moan and you are right in that not EVERY Wolves fan wants Morgan and Moxey out. Dont assume that its just the South Bank though. Most Wolves fans, even "happy clappers" could see there is something seriously wrong at the club long before relegation to League 1 was confirmed.

In my time I've had season tickets in the North Bank terrace, South Bank terrace before and after the segregation fence went up, Sir Jacks North Bank, Sir Jacks South Bank, Morgans North Bank lower, Steve Bull upper, Billy Wright family enclosure. I'm extremely angry by what is going on at the club and the long term damage that is being done by Morgan and Moxey. For me its not about money, its about competence.

You say that "true fans don't constantly deride their team/club and make it a laughing stock". Well do true fans sit idly by and watch long term damage being wreaked on the club by the arrogant and incompetent board without dissent or comment? I dont just go home after a game or a season is over and forget all about it and just turn up next August with a happy smiley face for a series of days out. Its a lot more emotional than that supporting a club for not far short of half a century.

I have held the view for a very long time that Jez Moxey is incompetent as CEO of a football club. He may be tough in negotiations and able to interpret the short term balance sheet implications but that is it. His feel for and understanding of the game are zero. His understanding of how to treat fans and how to build up or even retain the existing fanbase is zero. Some of his 'financial' decisions begger belief. Moxey signed O'Hara (a player with a poor fitness record) on a 5 year contract when we never normally offer more than 4. 3 years would have been far more appropriate for O'Hara with his injury record. Ridiculously long contract extensions for the likes of Ward, Henry and Doyle were sanctioned and now we are paying the price in that our parachute payments will largely be allocated for paying off the ridiculous contracts that he agreed for players who are not in demand by premier league clubs.

Margreitter was reported in the press this week that there is "No hunger, just flash cars" amongst Wolves players on premier league contracts who know they are not good enough for the premier league. Wolves core of overpaid players who are not good enough for the premier league (and hence not marketable) are as a direct result of the policies of Jez Moxey.

I had hoped that the silver lining of relegation to league 1 might spell the end of Moxey and then I could have looked forward in the hope that his replacement must surely be more competent than he was. As usual though with Moxey, he is always there to deflect any blame from himself and if there is any praise to be taken if anything ever goes right he will be at the front of the queue.

I am now very uncomfortable with Morgan. To his credit he attended the fans parliament and once spoke to angry fans outside the Billy Wright. He talks a good talk but I am suspicious about where Wolves fits into his plans. I would be less suspicious if Wolves was a standalone company rather than a subsidiary of his group of companies. Might Wolves just be a cheaply aquired asset to underpin borrowing for his other business activities? Might Wolves be being used to gain approval for housing developments such as at Compton? Why has Moxey not been sacked by Morgan despite his poor performance and incompetence? Might Moxey have something on Morgan that makes it difficult to sack him? As I say I am very suspicious exactly what Morgans game is.

 
Re: First step to recovery
Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
18/05/2013 09:25
Johnwolf.

I agree that constant derision is timesome, often can be boring and energy sapping and may be seen by some as counterproductive but passion about our club takes different forms.

The simple question is do you believe our situation is purely a football story or is there something else going on?

I'll not bother witing my own thoughts - I'll just refer you to Stourports response - it's exactly how I feel.

Our club and we deserve much much better.



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Re: First step to recovery
Risca TM (IP Logged)
18/05/2013 13:19
angry, Stourport, Ivy.

When you guys saddle up and gallop in like this it reminds me why I stick around here.

Anyone who thinks the 2Ms were innocent bystanders on the journey from promotion to the Prem is at best extremely naive.

They along with Mick set the tone, established the culture, made the decisions and paraded the excuses as we slid ever downwards.

In my opinion, the writing was on the wall before Mick decided not to send his first team to Man U and was proud of his tactics. That was the first obvious sign the squad wasn't good enough, and they were happy to keep it that way.

 
Re: First step to recovery
Risca TM (IP Logged)
18/05/2013 13:34
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Risca TM
Anyone who thinks the 2Ms were innocent bystanders on the journey from promotion to the Prem to League 1 is at best extremely naive.

Sorry - just correcting the bit I missed out.

 
Re: First step to recovery
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
18/05/2013 13:35
I was at that game Risca and remember leaving at HT.. I would never have attended if I knew it was Man utd vs wolves reserves but I suppose John was screaming his support to the end being the super fan he proclaims to be.

 
Re: First step to recovery
Risca TM (IP Logged)
18/05/2013 13:38
In a nutshell, angry.

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