Now that the dust has settled, I’ve taken a bit of time to stand back and assess the state of our club. The only conclusion I can draw is that for most of us fans, we’ve never had it so good.
Only if you have been supporting Wolves since the 1950s can you have experienced a more exciting time in the club’s history.
If you were constantly stressed out by results last season or have been frustrated by moves in the transfer market, I urge you now to look at the whole picture. It doesn’t half make you feel better.
On the pitch we are going in to our third consecutive season in the top flight. We’re in the highest league position that we have experienced in 30 years. Plus, not only have we got some international players in our team, we have got one who plays for England.
We’re now a club that pays big money for good players too – Steven Fletcher £7 million, Jamie O’Hara £5 million, Kevin Doyle £6.5 million, Roger Johnson £7 million. These aren’t players at the end of their careers but people at the top of their game or with their best years ahead of them.
Not so long ago our best players like Robbie Keane and Joleon Lescott always had to be sold as we couldn’t offer them the career they wanted for themselves. These days the only players we sell are the ones that manager Mick McCarthy doesn’t want any more.
Our new owner is driving the club forward on the non-football side of things too. He’s investing £40 million to turn Molineux in to a 37,000 capacity venue in four years’ time. Just read that line again if you have any doubts about how good things are going at the moment.
On top of that, on Tuesday he announced that a new scheme to provide a world class training ground and football academy. I’ve been to the current training ground it’s a nice facility. The academy too is well respected but it’s the smallest in the Premier League.
Mr Morgan recognises that we are only going to be able to attract the better players out there, and develop our players to the maximum extent possible, if we have the best possible facilities. A bigger and better football academy will ensure that we can attract and train the most promising young players. This seems to have been neglected at Wolves in recent years with Wayne Hennessey the only one to make the jump in to the senior team under Mick.
Oh and by the way, Wolves were the only team in the Premier League last season to finish the campaign with no debt. On the pitch and off, we are in a golden era at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Enjoy it.
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