Not me. Stole Solbakken’s appointment came straight out of leftfield and nobody expected it.
Top marks, Morgan and Moxey, for springing the unexpected.
They even threw us all of the scent with all that talk of waiting until the playoffs were done and dusted before formally seeking a new manager.
Most of us were expecting Chris Hughton or Ian Holloway to be approached but then bam! A 44-year-old Norweigan with a pacemaker arrives and the deal is sealed.
It’s a bold move and it’s hard to guess whether it’ll pay off.
On one hand, he’s a young manager who had great success in Denmark and brought some memorable European nights to FC Copenhagen (beating Man U and drawing with Barcelona).
He’s got a reputation for being fiery so he won’t be afraid to stamp his own mark on the team.
And he likes to employ attractive football in his tactics which is surely what we all would like to see.
If he can do that and return Wolves to the Championship immediately then we will have stolen a march on the rest of Europe and snapped up one of the most promising young managers around.
On the other hand, he was available because of a disasterous campaign with Cologne and he’s got no experience of managing in English football, let alone the rough and tumble of the Championship.
Wolves appointed him without interviewing anyone else (except Terry Connor but that was never going to happen) when others with experience – Steve Bruce, Alan Curbishley, Lee Clark – were available and other highly regarded people, like Gus Poyet, were being linked.
While Mick McCarthy’s team were highly disciplined, Solbakken’s years in management have been dogged with stories of his players misbehaving.
So it’s a gamble. Morgan and Moxey could have pulled off a masterstroke or forever people could be talking about one of the worst decisions in the footballing annals – sacking the most successful manager in the club’s recent history and replacing him with a relative unknown, condemning the club to years away from the top flight. Let’s hope it’s the former and fortune really does favour the brave.
I expect we’ll be losing some of our best players over the summer but, even so, we should retain a strong squad which Solbakken can add to using some of the funds that the owner has promised. I’m cautiously optimistic and it’s just nice to be following a club that is trying to do something new and exciting. Things had gone stale and they will certainly get a shake up now, for good or ill.
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