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February 28, 2012
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.

February 14, 2012
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/14/2012

I can't remember what year it was when I started supporting Wolves but I reckon it was around 25 years ago.

For about 20 of those years, Wolves were awful. Not bottom of the football league awful, that was before my time, but a great many fans still remember it. Awful in the sense that they were terminally disappointing. The big old club in the wrong division, always falling short despite an expensive squad and a succession of big name-managers. At times, it was embarrassing.

Then along came Mick McCarthy and supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers became an entirely different experience. Super Mick made me proud to support Wolves again.

January 31, 2012
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 01/31/2012

Wolves' latest defeat, at the hands of Liverpool, was the 20th consecutive game in which the team failed to keep a clean sheet. Frankly, that's pathetic.

The Reds are flying high at the moment so in theory I can forgive shipping a few against them. What angers me is that we made it easy for them with the type of fundamental mistakes that have cost us dearly in a fair few of the other 19.

It seems like there are no lessons being learned and I see no indication that the next fixture will be any different.

March 7, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/07/2011

All things considered, I was happy with a point against Tottenham on Sunday. And by ‘things’ of course I mean Mike Halsey.

He’s widely acknowledged as one of the league’s best referees and a top bloke. I agree, but it doesn’t mean he didn’t have an absolute stinker at Molineux and make Wolves’ chances of getting anything from the game so much more difficult.

February 28, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/28/2011

Wolves were magnificent against Blackpool. Yes they missed Charlie Adam and yes DJ Campbell’s red card made life easier for us, but let’s not let that detract from what was an excellent performance by us.

The whole team played well with Jamie O’Hara in particular standing out in a victory that took us out of the bottom three and made our goal difference column look much stronger. There are so many individual performances I could highlight, but I want to pay particular tribute to Richard Stearman.

February 21, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/21/2011

Never before have I experienced such a dismal succession of last minute goals that have cost valuable points. The situation gets worse and worse.

This season has been a real emotional slog but it could be so different. If games lasted 87 minutes instead of 90, Wolves would have SEVEN more points and sit 12th in the table. Everyone would be saying how impressive it was that we had managed to progress from last season and we would all be looking forward to another year in the top flight.

February 7, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/07/2011

It was the most amazing Premier League weekend I can remember and Wolves’ brilliant win over Manchester United was the show-stopper. As well as the 2-1 victory to end United’s 29-game unbeaten run we had a record number of goals scored, a record number of penalties, a team come back from 4-0 down to grab a point for the first time ever and one managerial sacking. There’s so much to talk about but only one place to begin – Molineux.

April 7, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/07/2010

Thanks to Andre Marriner’s harsh decision at the Emirates, we are without our captain for three games.
I’m not sure that having the skipper on the field for the full 90 against Arsenal would have changed the result – the Gunners score a phenomenal amount of late goals and we didn’t deal with that threat well enough.
I’m more concerned about being without Henry for the next few games.

March 29, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/29/2010

I reckon six points will do it and looking at the fixture list – Arsenal, Stoke, Blackburn, Sunderland Fulham, Portsmouth - we should do that comfortably.

A few weeks ago on Talk Of The Terrace I said: “It’ll go down to the wire like it always does.” Now I think we might make it safe with a game or two to spare. I’ll be absolutely delighted to have been wrong.

March 22, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/22/2010

When was the last time a club in any division, anywhere in the world, played three teams in a row all of which have claret and blue as their colours?

Wolves complete this oddity when they take on West Ham on Tuesday night following on from Burnley and Aston Villa. It's a future pub quiz question no doubt.

March 15, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/15/2010

Phil Brown has been sacked in what looks like a make-or-break move by Hull.
It got me thinking about our man Mick McCarthy, and how he measures up to the managers of the teams around us.
He’ll be popular around the city this week after out 2-1 win at Burnley.
But some fans still think he’s not up to the task.

March 10, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/10/2010

I have always been a believer in not watching other teams’ results.
Concentrating on getting points yourself is better than counting on others to drop them.
However, who you are playing in the final weeks of the season and who your rivals are playing can be a massive factor in who finishes where.
I don’t think Sunderland, Bolton, West Ham or Wigan are in the clear yet, but let’s just look at the most threatened trio above Portsmouth . . .

February 22, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/22/2010

Two players who Wolves tried to sign at the start of the season ended up playing for Portsmouth instead.
Why? Because Pompey offered more money. It’s a joke!
It makes me really angry now to see Portsmouth facing financial ruin because of the poor way they have been run for years.
We missed out on players because of their irresponsibility and while I feel sorry for the fans, the people running the show are getting what they deserve.

February 11, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 02/11/2010

Sometimes my own fellow Wolves supporters make me cringe.
The ones that peppered the internet with comments calling for the manager to be fired after the Palace and Blues games, the ones that jeered at Keogh when he was going through a baron spell last season, and the ones that were chanting “4-4-2” against Liverpool before they saw how effective the 4-5-1 formation was.
It’s why, historically, we have been unpopular with other fans.
I’ll bet now that if ESPN runs a poll on which club has got the worst supporters in the league, Wolves will be near the top.