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Wolves are over-achieving on the pitch

This season, Wolves were criticised for under-achieving and only just avoiding the drop out the Premier League.

The previous year we had finished 15th, this season we were only good enough for 18th and barely survived.

Many would see that as a lack of progress, but the recent financial figures go a long way towards proving just how successful we have been just by staying up in the top flight.

In 2009-10 our wage budget was 29.8million, only Burnley spent less in the Premier League that season.

Last year while the figures are not yet out, it's reported that only Blackpool and West Brom spent less than us on wages.

"We know what we`re doing and how we want to do it. But, of course, we have to be careful we get the balance right and don`t 'undercook` it. Chief executive Jez Moxey told the Express & Star.

He continued: "For many years we were accused of over paying players and under-achieving on the pitch. Now we would rather stick to our policy of chasing value for money in the market and over-achieving on the pitch.

"We`re not losing players because we`re not paying enough money. We`re comfortable in our own skin and will continue to operate in that way.

"We wish more clubs would follow suit instead of spending money they don`t have."

Vital Wolves Comment: I've been criticised previously for stating that Wolves sometimes overspend.

To me it makes a lot more sense to live within our means rather than chasing glory like other clubs and I always feel a little uneasy when we are linked to massive transfer fees.

You only have to take a look at the recent Deloitte figures to see the level of debt some clubs are clocking up which simply isn't sustainable.

Thankfully though for the past couple of seasons while many would argue we are only barely surviving in the Premier League, we've been doing it on one of the lowest wage budgets around and plan to continue to spend the money coming in on the clubs infrastructure and redevelopment of Molineux.

Of course it would be nice to see the money spent on the squad, after all that's what we are all interested in, but we have to get the balance right and I believe we're close to doing that.

I certainly trust Jez to only dust off the cheque book when needed and to not get caught up in the over spending the rest of the clubs fall for and due to that, over the next few years we should be able to build and build, while other clubs could well be in severe decline.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 12 2011

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

Nice article, Akela, and I agree we don't want to spend more than the 18m we spent in the last two years, and I have no whinges about those sums (which include agents' fees). The first year we got some good players for that such as Doyle, Milijas, Zubar and, in addition, acquired USA on a free; but the second year our only successes were Fletcher and the injury-plagued Hunt. I think this year there's a good case for only buying three 6m players or even just two 9m players--after all, we've now got several players with two years experience of the Premier League. Our two loanees, Mancienne and O'Hara will not be with us on loan next year, so we could supplement those two or three permanent signings with two good players on loan. It looks like it's going to be a crazy transfer window, so I pass for a week or two on specific suggestions: I was thinking of the two Reading players, Matt Mills and Shane Long, but with Stoke said to be in for Mills and Bayern Munich for Long, let's see how things stand when things have moved a bit and the transfer outlook has clarified. Original targets Johnson and Dann are said to be on their way to Arsenal and Liverpool, but who knows? Maybe the Arse and the 'Pool will get more expensive players after all--let's wait and see! In fact, that's all we can do!:-)
Nippy Lobo
I would like to add that with British, particularly English, players looking so much in demand and so expensive, I'm quite willing to welcome players from Scotland, Scandinavia, France and/or Eastern Europe, if that is all we can afford. I consider Zubar and Milijas successes, so, if we went a little higher in our bidding, we might come up with some real gems.
Nippy Lobo
Seems to be a lot of interest in Long, does this mean we're looking at off-setting the bill by selling a striker? I doubt it would be SEB, and Vokes, Keogh and Ward are all squad players at best, and wouldnt fetch anywhere near what Readng want... Got a funny feeling Fletcher might be on his way ? Hope not, cos he was on fire at the end of last season, and rather have a known quantity than a gamble. Anyhooo, I agree, 3 X 6 mil or 2 X 9 mil defensive players would make me feel a lot more comfortable about next season.
Ad Mant
Can anyone think of a midfielder with the class and vision of Milijas coupled with the fighting spirit of Guedioura? ......and at under 14 mil, preferably on a free, not over 28 years of age, and not injury-prone. I have tried the Miracle Book, no luck. Suggestions over to Jez.
lovesW
Midfield and attack we didn't struggle at all really so no need to splash silly money in those areas this year , Ad Mant got it spot on , i would prefer 3X6 million players or 2X9 million players coming in , if we had a 50 million budget we could strengthen all over but i would be more than happy with another 18 million being spent just on the defence , Mills will be 3-4 and on Sky it says we have bid for him in excess of 3 million , if we get him i just hope we get 1 more centre half with that something extra , Dean Richards type please , the only problem you face when you pay a lot of money for a player and give him big wages they often dont show that fighting spirit like most of the Wolves squad do , there is no room for flare somewhat idle players when you are trying to improve year on year out and that is why Milijas doesn't get enough starts , he does try and has the guile but he doesn't have that ' I'll run through a brick wall for you gaffer ' to his game and thats why i think Guedioura if playing week in week out will only get better n better and turn into that all action player we need , Ohhhh and i have heard O'Hara's misses is not happy in the area so that seems bad news to me !
ODDJOB79
 

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