Sometimes my own fellow Wolves supporters make me cringe.
The ones that peppered the internet with comments calling for the manager to be fired after the Palace and Blues games, the ones that jeered at Keogh when he was going through a baron spell last season, and the ones that were chanting “4-4-2” against Liverpool before they saw how effective the 4-5-1 formation was.
It’s why, historically, we have been unpopular with other fans.
I’ll bet now that if ESPN runs a poll on which club has got the worst supporters in the league, Wolves will be near the top.
It used to be because we were the Championship’s big spenders, always insisting we should be in the top flight, but never managing to pull it off. When we finally got promoted, I know plenty of people who were pleased to see us drop right back down again.
Thankfully, our reputation changed a few years ago.
It was when it was announced that Sir Jack was not bankrolling promotion campaigns any more.
Mick McCarthy took over with only a handful of players on the books and very little cash to bring any more in.
He took us to the playoffs that season and the Wolves fans’ attitude audibly changed.
I was delighted to see supporters simply happy to have made the playoffs and it earned us respect around the country.
Since then a section of our fans have been eroding that respect though.
First by calling for Mick’s head when we missed the playoffs by a couple of goals 12 months later.
Then for calling for his and Jez Moxey’s resignation every time our form dipped in the season where we won the league.
This season, scour the discussion boards and see what some supporters say when we lose a match – it’s painful reading.
And it’s exactly what we don’t need.
What do people say about Stoke, Birmingham, Everton, West Ham and Portsmouth?
“Difficult place to go” or “cauldron atmosphere” are terms often used.
What do they say about Molineux?
“Keep Wolves at bay for 20 minutes and the supporters will soon be on the players’ backs”
Those names that pop up on discussions across the web when we lose are nice and quiet today.
That’s because 4-5-1 has delivered a win and a couple of draws in the 4/5 times we have used it, including completing the double over one of the best teams in the league this week.
I hope their silence lasts.