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Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season


By Tom Bason
July 17 2013

A new Wolverhampton Wanderers

This summer is perhaps a watershed moment in Wolverhampton Wanderers, the most important summer in recent history since the last one. If nothing else, it will hopefully see a move away from the 3Ms that have dominated the past 5 years. With Mick McCarthy's time now separated by five managers, and in a different division, we can move on. This will be aided by the number of players departing, all of whom are so identifiable with McCarthy's time rise and decline at Wolves. Jackett's first task must surely to build a team in his image, something Ståle Solbakken was never quite able to do

The issue of player recruitment brings me on to the second M. It seems that Jez Moxey is taking a back seat in the footballing side of things, with Kevin Thelwell appearing to be the dominant force behind the scenes. I don't know enough about Thelwell to say whether this is a good move or not, but perhaps at this stage any change is a worth trying. Certainly, from a PR point of view, the idea that the men who appointed our last three managers are taking a step back is no bad thing. 

While Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey will obviously still be large stakeholders in this coming season, it would not surprise me to see them less and less often. Gone is the era of the 3Ms, it's time for K&K to step up and change the club. 

Recognition of the fans

Public Relations are something that desperately needs to be managed this summer. Not since fans accosted Sir Jack Hayward outside Molineux all those years ago has there been such a feeling of divorce between the club and its fans. I have renewed my season ticket for next season, but 100% understand all of those fans who have chosen to stay away. Jackett has already started to make waves in this aspect; an email from him went out to all season ticket holders, while a select group were able to meet him for a tour of the museum. 

Similarly, there has recently been the announcement that nearly 500 season ticket holders (I assume 460; 20 for each home game) will have the opportunity to sit in an executive box for free over the course of the season. The cynic in me says that it’s a box that wouldn’t have been sold, and would otherwise have sat empty for the course of the season, but I think it’s a step in the right direction. It’s perhaps a sign that the club is recognising how much it’s let the fans down over the past few seasons, and trying to make some sort of amends.

The blooding of youth

Considering the amount of Wolves youth team players who are plying their trade in the top two divisions of English football (plus the odd one abroad), the Wolves team has been lacking youth prospects over the past few seasons. David Davis is progressing nicely, and Matt Doherty was blooded towards the end of the season, but these seem more like outliers than the norm. But this season should be different. I already stated my case as to why I thought Danny Batth should be given the captaincy despite his tender years, but he should be targeting becoming Wolves first choice central defender over the next 12 months. Of the 23 players who have travelled to Scotland for pre-season, 13 of have either come through our youth system, or joined the club at a relatively young age. The likes of Doherty, Lee Evans, Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden should be looking to join Batth, Davis, and Wayne Hennessey in the first team squad, while everyone is hoping to finally get a proper look at Zele Ismail.

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

Now, hear me out on this one. I know some Wolves fans think that it is a complete embarrassment that Wolves will be competing in this trophy, and refuse to acknowledge its existence. But, anyone under-30 has grown up on tales of taking 30,000+ to Wembley in 1988 for the Sherpa Van Trophy. For anyone who remembers it, was winning this an embarrassment? Remember, this was only eight years after we beat the European Champions in the League Cup Final.

Again, what are the chances of seeing Wolves in a final at Wembley again? Sure, you can point to the likes Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic who have won trophies in recent years, but there are other, bigger clubs who have got nowhere winning a cup. Perhaps for those of you who are old enough to remember the two League Cup victories, or even those magical years in the 1950s, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is not even on your radar. But those of us who are too young to remember those nights (hell there will be Wolves fans who don’t remember Cardiff in 2003), the JPT is the best opportunity we have of seeing Wolves win a trophy at Wembley.

New away trips

Is there anything better than seeing Wolves win away from home? Now, don’t get me wrong, the trips to the big clubs while we were in the Premier League were enjoyable, but more often than not it was a long, disappointing journey home. But this season is different. So many of these grounds I’ve never been to – I can’t wait to visit all four pubs at Griffin Park, and go to the likes of Boundary Park and the Broadfield Stadium for the first time. Similarly, I want to get reacquainted with grounds I’ve not seen for a while; Crewe has always been a favoured away trip for me, while there are so many games that are local(ish) – Coventry City (in Northampton), Notts County, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, and of course Walsall. Given how much of my geography comprehension comes from visits to football grounds, I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of England and discovering where exactly places like ‘Leyton’, ‘Stevenage’ and ‘MK’ are…

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Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
17/07/2013 10:12
Surely it's 4 managers not 5 since McCarthy left unless I'm forgetting one of the donkeys.

I don't agree with your assessment that Moxey is taking a backseat with Thelwell being a main player. Thelwell is a mere glove puppet, trust me he has little or no say in the real things that matter at WWFC... utilised like a show piece bauble would on a xmas tree with no real substance or purpose. He merely deflects attention from the two Ms who are the ones making all the decisions.For all intensive purpose Thelwells role at the club is less influential than the head tea lady.

You state that David Davis is "progressing nicely". At 22 he should have already progressed especially when you consider in less than 8 years he will be considered past it as a veteran. Maybe if he was 17 you may have a point but not 22. A valid point mentioning so many of our youth players travelled to Scotland scraping a win against awful opposition but if these youth players form the main base of the team next season , the same players struggling against nonleague wrexham , I can't see us finishing top half. Many of them are clearly not good enough with youth not a mitigating factor and are only playing because Morgan can't be bothered paying wages for more senior better quality players. The players we have are cheap hence they are part of Morgans plans which are hardly grounds for optimism.Maybe some of them are good enough but no one is going to convince me a team full of kids earning peanuts per week will mount a serious challenge for promotion.

Only reason I can see to look forward to the season are the new grounds as you state in your last paragraph which I hope to visit

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
Risca TM (IP Logged)
17/07/2013 19:25
4 out of the 5 reasons are training with the youth team.

We are in the same place as when Solbakken joined. It will be up and down and success won't happen overnight.

Maybe Jackett, being a ruffty-tuffty Brit, will be given more good grace than the Norwegian was.

But I expect a similar mix to Stale's first 6 months - except the dressing room is clear of saboteurs - so I hope for better outcomes.

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
17/07/2013 19:55
We arent in the same place Risca, Stale spent 10 million whereas Jackett probably wont spend 2.

Our first team will be mainly composed of cheap and cheerful untested kids whilst Stale had much more at his disposal. We've heard the success wont happen overnight/Rome wasnt built in a day option and most fans are sick of it. There is no evidence of success ever happening with the 2 Ms and more than enough evidence to show regression with no grounds for optimism whatsoever other than blind faith like a mad zealot worshipping a cow in a field .

 
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18/07/2013 08:46
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18/07/2013 10:17
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Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
Hall_Green_Wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 10:55
We can cry all we like about the m's but they are here for the foreseeable so lets get behind the boys FFS instead of constant moaning.

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:05
Who'se crying? Im not that bothered these days and I will be behind the boys.. 98 miles behind them in my armchair as I attend away games only. I admire your romantic idealisation of the 08/09 championship season as we start in league 1 but it's hope and nothing else, all the evidence points to another disaster waiting to happen and whilst I would never condemn anyone for fantasy views bearing no semblance to the evidence infront of us, don't label others "moaners" because we don't share your optimism based on events 5 seasons ago.

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:11
Interesting looking at Millwall who according to some "were unlucky not to be promoted last season under Jackett" Scored fewest goals in the entire division bar Ipswich who started scoring regularly after Jewell left.

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
Hall_Green_Wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:35
If you are not that bothered these days why do you spend every waking hour posting on here?

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:41
Im bothered about the club, not bothered about the regime or are you too thick to understand?

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
Hall_Green_Wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:46
Typical angry response.

I must be thick to respond to you.

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:53
Ive got a problem with anyone who starts slagging fans off for being "moaners"..they arent moaners at all, just people calling it as they see it which over the last few years has been a fcking disgrace. You post a pic thats 5 years old, I post a league table more relevant that's a few weeks old yet that constitutes moaning? Just because you got married at molineux with beetroothead as the bridesmaid doesn't make things anymore positive from a footballing standpoint. I hope you're right about winning the league and if you are will gladly eat humble pie

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
Hall_Green_Wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 11:57
I simply provided evidence there was good times under Morgan, probably never again, but there was once as you said there was never any evidence.

BTW, its was still jacks place when i got married there glenda was still in charge (Sm7)

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
an angry wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 12:04
(Sm6) fair enough. It's ruined my visions of Morgan at the back in a flowery dress though damn it.

The standard of league 1 is awful IMO so it's hard to say what will transpire next season .. sooner preston comes the better to give us an early indication instead of all the speculation from all of us

 
Re: Five Reasons to look Forward to the New Season
Hall_Green_Wolf (IP Logged)
18/07/2013 12:08
I will drink to that.

I agree its going to be tough to call, but i will not write a season off before a ball has been kicked.

Up the Wolves (Sm128)

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