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May 11, 2012
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/11/2012

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.

April 3, 2012
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/03/2012

If you're reading this then I can only assume you have stumbled upon ESPNsoccernet's Wolves blog while trying to find some site dedicated to masochism. Perhaps you put some words like shame, despair and humiliation in to Google and it got you here. There is plenty of that on this site but it's probably not the kind you're looking for.

I can't imagine it's likely, but I guess you may actually be a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers and are here for some insight and opinion on the club's current situation. I'll have a go for your sake but you really should ask yourself what kind of person you are if you want to think about what's going on at Molineux at the moment.

Read a book, paint a picture, ask a girl out, take a walk – try any of these things and make yourself happy. Football just isn't going to do it for the next few months so my advice is to try to develop some other interests and forget about the ridiculous game for a while.

May 25, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/25/2011

It's time to dust off your imaginary dinner jacket and celebrate another amazing season in the Premier League. The Bullies are my unofficial awards to recognise the players that have made this topsy-turvy season worth watching.

And the award for Player of the Season goes to...

May 23, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/23/2011

The season is over and after a roller-coaster of a final day of a topsy-turvy year, Wolves are safe. My nervous are shot though after the most excruciating and exhilarating final day of a Premier League season in its history.

Five teams were battling for survival on the final day and four of them spent time in the relegation zone during the 90 minutes.

For months, every time Wolves won or lost and Mick McCarthy was asked about the league position, he responded the same way. “May 22nd,” was his stock answer and come the final whistle on that date, his side had secured survival.

May 16, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/16/2011

It's time to invest in some brown trousers because it has all come down to one game to save our status in the top flight of English football. At Molineux next weekend we will witness the most important 90 minutes in the club’s recent history.

There are all sorts of connotations with other clubs’ results on the final day of the season but we are one point clear of the relegation zone after the win at Sunderland so what we must do is clear. Win the match and Wolves will be a Premier League outfit again next season.

May 8, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/08/2011

Wow - how we needed that result! An excellent performance, victory over our most bitter rivals and a point clear of the relegation zone with two matches to play.

Although technically the Tescos couldn't have relegated us today, if they had won if would have been a big nail in our coffin. That cranked up the pressure to a new level at Molineux and the lads responded brilliantly.

April 11, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/11/2011

At some point during the international break, Wolves lost the ability to defend. Ever since then we have leaked goals like a team doomed to relegation. Conceding seven in 180 minutes is just plain awful. What has happened to that solid back four that I was praising a few weeks ago?

April 5, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/05/2011

It wasn’t so much the result that was disappointing at St James’s Park, but how it happened. Wolves gave their worst performance of 2011, perhaps of the season and maybe even of the last 12 months. Every one of Mick McCarthy’s men was outplayed by their opposite number at Newcastle. We defended like strangers, frequently gave the ball away and were out battled all over the pitch.

March 30, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/30/2011

Matt Jarvis filled all us Wolves fans with pride as he took to the Wembley field in an England shirt on Tuesday. Not only was it great to see a current Wolves player become the first to wear the Three Lions badge since Steve Bull in 1990, he played well too. In his 20 minutes on the pitch he got involved, his touches were tidy, he linked up well with Milner behind him and he won several throw-ins and corners.

It was a wonderful occasion for Wolves fans and it was a fully deserved cap for a player who has been in the form of his life. Now I think we have to brace ourselves for the inevitable – bids from other clubs.

March 21, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 03/21/2011

A stunning goal to beat Aston Villa and finally the England call-up his form this season has deserved - it's been quite a week for Matt Jarvis. The flying winger has been the star of the show for Wolves this year by a mile. The whole city is proud of the lad who I’m sure, given the chance against Wales, can prove himself worthy of an England jersey for years to come.

May 13, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/13/2010

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.

May 2, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 05/02/2010

We might have lost against Portsmouth but who cares?
We're still celebrating an amazing season and it's time to hand out some end-of-season awards to unofficially recognise the players that have given their all for the cause this season.

So imagine a glitzy ceremony at Molineux with a gold and black carpet leading nominees from their cars to the gates.
Inside they all congregate and watch in antcipitaion as celebrities (Don Goodman, Suzi Perry, Denise Lewis, Jamelia, Robert Plant) take to the stage and read out pathetic lines from an autocue.
Then finally, broadcast live to the nation, we all learn who will be taking home a Bully - think of an Oscar but with a little old gold statuette of Steve Bull instead.

And the award for Player of the Season goes to . . .

April 26, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/26/2010

It’s official – Wolverhampton Wanderers will be a Premier League side again next season.
Survival is a massive achievement for Mick McCarthy and his team.
There are no superstars at Wolves; just a dedicated board, manager, coaching staff and squad of players who all did their job magnificently this season.
Hard work, discipline, organisation and tactical know-how is what you need in the hardest league in the world and Wolves have proved they have got bags of it.

April 19, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/19/2010

George Elokobi has been getting a rough ride from Wolves fans in recent weeks. I agree that sometimes he has been frustrating with his passing but the big left-back was the star of the show in the 0-0 draw at Fulham.

If there was an award for tackle-of-the season, he would surely have it in the bag.

April 12, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 04/12/2010

It’s not something I’ll be voicing in the pubs around Wolverhampton, but I was happy to see that lot down the road being promoted.
It had been an ongoing source of frustration for me that the West Midlands had fallen from its historic pedestal as a regional football powerhouse.
Next season though, if Wolves stay up, we’ll have all four of our big clubs in the top flight.
The Midlands will take its rightful place with Lancashire and London as the hotbed of Premier League football.
Here’s one for the statisticians amongst you – when was the last time that Wolves, Albion, Blues and Villa were together in the top tier of English football?