Date:Friday April 21 2006
As Eric Cantona once said, 'When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown in the sea.'
And so it was for Glenn Hoddle, as the media circled Molineux this week wondering if his grip on the Molineux rudder was about to be wrenched from his hand.
But it was a relaxed, peaceful looking Hoddle that answered questions and gave his opinions on what has happened to his first full campaign in charge at Wolverhampton today.
'The key to our season is the ammount we've created and not finished. Thats the crux between us getting right up there, and I mean right up there..........theres a good 15-20 points that I could easily....you know, I've gone through it with the staff......the last two home games are prime examples of that. But for some reason we havent done that, we haven't put teams to the sword, and that is something weve got to improve on.'
'I think we've got to be physical, a little bit more physical at times when the pitches change. So there's lessons to be learned. But for hard work, and the ammount of effort and work thats been put in, I think we've put every single ounce of effort and work in into trying to achieve promotion.'
PMA isn't always associated with those that follow Wolverhampton Wanderers. The famous black country self depreocationg gallows humour looms large in and around the surrounding towns.
But it hasnt yet crawled under the skin of Glenn Hoddle, who can still eek out a semblance of looking at things on the up.
'To look back and say we couldve done that, we couldve done this is negative really. I've got to look forward, we will analyze it, which we have done. But I think the key to it...if youre asking me the reason why, I think the key to it is we werent clinical enough, and thats as a team. From set-plays with defenders in there as well. You cant have 28-29 shots in different games, which we've had, and eforts on goal and not score.'
'We've got to improve on that but that is a very good stat.Youre doing something right if you are getting that ammount of shot at your opponents goal.'
Perhaps target practice will be a little higher on the pre season agenda next term when he looks to put right this current seasons wrongs.
'But its a long season and it goes in ebbs and flowsand theres confidence that need to be regained at times, and I felt we did that. We went through a bit of a period after a very good period,came thtough that and then just hit a poor period right at a key moment and there things there that if they go another way it can change for you.'
'Its a very balanced way we have to analyze it. We might need to be a bit more physical in our ways in certian games ar certain games in the season, but my principals of playing footabll will always be the same. Always'
At that point he was challenged on the validity of that fact, and asked if he would ever compromise his footballing ideals.
His response could have come from the lips of Bill Nicholson, and are words every Wolves fan should try to remember well.
'Why would I? Id rather give the game up than compromise by smacking the ball.'
'I was always taught that the ball was a precious diamond, and you wouldnt give a diamond away. Some teams look to play the ball and give it away, and lock you into a certain position , an area where they lookfor throwins and corners and play that way and thats not for me. That's not for me.'
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