Good news – Wolves finished the season in 6th position!
Okay, the 2-1 win over Sunderland meant we cemented 15th slot in the Premier League.
But in my league table of achievement, we were in amongst the elite.
It’s the Premier League re-jigged based on my (totally unbiased) opinion of where the clubs came in terms of their actual finish compared to their resources and targets.
1 Chelsea – winning the league is still the hardest thing to do
2 Tottenham – cracked the top four
3 Manchester United – took the title race to the last day
4 Fulham – UEFA Cup final meant 60-odd games and still a solid league finish
5 Birmingham – massively exceeded expectations in not only staying up but finishing 9th
6 Wolves – safety was the target and our boys finished eight points clear of the drop zone
7 Villa – pushed for the top four but fell short
8 Man City – making massive ground but fell short in their main goal of a top four finish
9 Everton – still competing with the big boys without their resources
10 Arsenal – another season without any silverware
11 Stoke – established as a Premier League side now
12 Blackburn – no progress, but no worries either
13 Bolton – always in the relegation mix but more comfortable this year
14 Wigan – looked shaky until the last few weeks of the season
15 Sunderland – with their resources a bottom half finish is way short of expectations
16 Burnley – relegated but fought bravely considering their squad
17 West Ham – survived just and struggled with finances and leadership
18 Portsmouth – a car crash off the field, and not great on it, but their FA Cup final takes them off the bottom
19 Liverpool – seventh is nothing short of a disaster
20 Hull – relegated after a couple of top-flight seasons when they should have been building
So the season is over, but there’s no time to relax.
Wolves brought in quantity last summer in readiness for the demands of the top-flight.
In order to get established now, we need quantity.
The World Cup is a good opportunity to look around at players but it often inflates the price tag for those who perform well for a couple of weeks.
I can name a few players right now who I would like to see bids go in for immediately – Stephen Hunt, Jamie O’Hara, Aruna Dindane, Curtis Davies, Steve Sidwell, Nigel Reo-Coker, Nicky Shorey.
All the talk from Morgan, Moxey and McCarthy sounds good with them promising investment for quality Premier League performers.
Lets hope they deliver and we can push up both the league of achievement and the real one next season.