It’s official – Wolverhampton Wanderers will be a Premier League side again next season.
Survival is a massive achievement for Mick McCarthy and his team.
There are no superstars at Wolves; just a dedicated board, manager, coaching staff and squad of players who all did their job magnificently this season.
Hard work, discipline, organisation and tactical know-how is what you need in the hardest league in the world and Wolves have proved they have got bags of it.
Let’s look at where the points have come from so far this season, it makes wonderful reading!
Beat Bolton at home, beat West Ham and Wigan away, did the DOUBLE over Tottenham and Burnley, beat Fulham at home and drew away, drew against Stoke, Hull, Everton and Villa twice each and got a point from Liverpool and Blackburn.
There has been a steady stream of points all season and we have taken them from 12 teams so far, a few of which are still chasing fourth position.
Mick McCarthy identified that we were not scoring enough goals at the end of last year so dropped the 4-4-2 system and switched to 4-5-1.
That decision was pivotal because although the goals continued to be hard to come by, we became a great defensive unit.
Next season we all want to see the attacking issue addressed but you have to work with what you’ve got. With 4-5-1 came survival and with survival comes the chance to build.
I’ll save my awards until the end of the season but needless to say, we have a team of heroes and they have been led by Doyle, Craddock, Henry, Jarvis and Hanneman.
Sylvain Ebanks-Blake got the equaliser against Blackburn – the goal that made survival a certainty in the end. After a difficult season in which he lost his starting place having only scored one other goal – a penalty – despite working his socks off, it was nice to see him celebrating again. Let’s hope he gets a couple more in the remaining two games now. Each Premier League place is worth £750,000 in prize money.
So next season there will be four West Midlands clubs in the Premier League.
The region is a football powerhouse once again.