Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Hoddle : No Quarter

Hoddle : No Quarter

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.'

Grand National

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Friday April 21 2006
Time: 7:54PM

Comments

0
Glenn Hoddle is one of the best managers in the world. Give him next season at least! Splosh
splosh
22/04/2006 13:34:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wolves Articles

Video - QPR 1-2 Wolves

Paul Lambert collected his first win a Wolves boss with the victory against QPR also ending a nine game winless run, which obviously began prior to his appointment at Molineux.

FA Cup Ball Numbers Known (3/12/16)

With FA Cup second round ties taking place this weekend, the ball numbers for the third round draw of the competition have now been allocated.

Wolves back to winning ways at last

Wolves win at QPR ended a run of 9 games without success and was a first Wolves win for manager Paul Lambert

Vital Preview - Championship, 1st-3rd Dec 2016

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend, which will see us among those involved in this schedule with three points of course the aim.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Wolves
Write For Vital Wolves
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

QPR MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Ikeme1%
Iorfa0%
Batth11%
Stearman0%
Doherty0%
Edwards11%
Saiss0%
Coady0%
Costa66%
Dicko0%
Cavaleiro11%
Sub - Saville0%
Sub - Bodvarsson0%
Sub - Lonergan0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.johnwolf1
Write for Vital Football