Date:Monday May 23 2011
We came mighty close to losing our Premier League status this season.
In an epic 'Survival Sunday' 40 points nearly wasn't enough to avoid relegation for the first time in years.
But while Sunday proved a nail biting experience, 40 points was enough and we did keep our Premier League status intact for a third season.
For me that was our only target this season, but for some it would appear that Mick McCarthy hasn't done enough to remain at Molineux.
So was this season a success or a failure for you?
This time last year, we all hoped we would build on the previous seasons performance in the Premier League and to an extent we did do just that.
In 2009-10 we finished 15th with 38 points, scoring the least amount of goals in the league (32), with only 5 wins and 13 goals coming at Molineux.
This season we may have finished 2 places lower, but we scored 2 more points, scoring 17 more goals over the course of the season at Molineux which contributed towards winning 3 more games at home.
We beat Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Sunderland six teams who all finished in the top half of the table this year.
That has to be a sign of improvement on the previous year no matter what position we finished, but of course there are areas we have to improve to continue the target of establishing ourselves in the top flight.
No one said that task would be easy and its foolish to think that spending money means it is something we should expect, because the benchmark in the Premier League is a forever moving target (just ask West Ham considering their recent history in the transfer market and the size of their wage bill).
Birmingham went down this year with the Carling Cup proudly placed in the trophy cabinet and nine more points than Burnley achieved the previous year who went down in the same position the season before.
The reason for this is because the bottom half of the Premier League table has become a lot less predictable, that's shown by the results we picked up to the teams around us, which in part led to five clubs being at risk of going down on the final day, even with West Ham already going down the previous week!
So looking forward, our target next season will be to once again avoid the drop, hopefully with a lot more wriggle room than this season!
To do that, we need to improve the defence as while we scored a lot more goals this year, we also conceded a lot more (10), we also need to improve our away form because that also dropped this season (by 5 points) and preferably we need to do this by beating the teams around us, which ultimately needs us to more consistent!
Is Mick McCarthy the man to do that? Well I'm sure we'll debate that over the course of the summer, for me and ultimately I think the for Moxey and Morgan he is and why shouldn't he be? He led us to the Premier League and has kept us there over the past two seasons. That is his target and he has achieved it.
Is he capable of taking us to the next step too? Well a new manager would need time (and crucially money) to change the team, he would want to bring in his own team to play they way he would require.
We don't need wholesale changes to move forward so why make changes to the management team? McCarthy just needs the support to make the improvements that we know need to be made.
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Date:Monday May 23 2011
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