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Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/28/2012

Whether the Wolves board answered that question correctly remains to be seen. But what their experience since sacking Mick McCarthy shows is that they, and all of those fans who had called for the manager's head following the defeat to Sandwell, greatly underappreciated how difficult it would be to find an adequate replacement.

The leading candidates - Alan Curbishley, Walter Smith and Steve Bruce - decided they would rather stay unemployed than take the helm of one of English football's great old clubs in its current predicament. Neil Warnock was interested but got an offer from Championship side Leeds first and Brian McDermott chose to stay at Reading.

Their individual decisions and reasons for them are fine by me, but let's face it, it was embarrassing.

So in the end they gave it to Mick's assistant. How many people calling for McCarthy's head would have continued to whine so loudly if they knew his replacement would be the man standing next to him in the dugout through those poor results?

The appointment of Terry Connor looked poorly planned and smacked of desperation.

Much as I like TC - a great servant to the club for 13 years - when I heard that he was going to be given the job until the end of the season I started mentally preparing myself for relegation. However well-respected he is as a coach, he has never had the pressure of being the number one before. Nor has he gone through his own tactical battles with other managers in the league, every single one of which has more experience than him.

I also feared we wouldn't get that magical bounce that a new man almost always brings. We've seen it hundreds of times before - the new man spends one game in the stands and the team suddenly finds its form because every single player in the side is busting a gut to impress him. This effect can go on for a few matches and I think it's often a factor when boards consider sacking their manager as they get in to a crucial stretch of a season. Promote from within though and this effect is lost.

All of that said, the players love TC and will want to do well for him. There wasn't a bad dressing room atmosphere under Mick so he's not associated with any ill will. Plus, he knows the players inside out so doesn't need any time to find his best team.

His team selection at Newcastle was good - 4-5-1 to combat the Magpies attacking threat with Foley moved to right wing to give extra defensive cover down the flank. He made a big decision too, dropping Johnson and putting Stearman in at centre half. And then when we were 2-0 down against one of the league's best sides, he clearly said something effective because the lads turned it round.

In the end 2-2 was a great result. First because it was at a difficult place against a very good team, second because of the nature of coming back from 2-0 down and third because QPR and Bolton lost so it took us one point clear of the relegation zone.

So TC wasn't mine, the board's or anyone's first choice for manager as far as I know - but good luck to him. He's done great so far and if he keeps us up, he'll deserve his chance at the job for good.


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Comments

Posted by eric on 02/28/2012

state facts correctly, only Curbishley decided he wanted to stay unemployed the rest of the list mentioned were not offered the job only interviewed or asked to be spoken to ! ! ! !

Posted by Norsk Wolf on 02/28/2012

For a guy who has served the club for so long I am happy for him to have a go. Could be worse we could have been looking at Bruce's smug mug

Best of Luck TC you can only do your best. The fans and the players aren't the problem that is upstairs

Posted by Alfred Camilleri on 02/29/2012

Sorry Daniel, but we have not seen the magic bounce coming after Mark Hughes was installed as QPR's manager. And he also the chance of spending millions on Zamora and Cisse. In the case of Martin O'Neill it worked.
What we need is to give TC a chance as he may be the saviour of Wolves while a new man would had no time to change things around in the last third of the season - a mere 13 matches.

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