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Fletcher - Not for sale

Our Mick has issued a hands off warning to anyone who was contemplating making a January transfer move for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

With seven goals in his last eleven Premier League games, Fletcher is bound to be attracting some interest, but if Wolves have any hopes of surviving in the Premier League this season, we simply cannot afford to sell him.

Even a fee in the region of what Liverpool paid Newcastle for Andy Carroll would look cheap if we were to sell and ultimately were relegated in May.

Fletcher is simply that important to us.

"You can put 'Mick McCarthy denies any interest in him` if you like, but I haven`t had a call about him," McCarthy told the Express & Star.

He continued: "Even if I got a call, there`s not a cat-in-hell`s chance of him leaving.

"I`d tell people where to go, of course. We don`t want any calls about him and there`s not a chance we`d sell him. He`s too valuable to us."

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 11 2012

Time: 11:00AM

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I also see that there are several clubs after Berra as well. The fact is Mick won't sell unless his hand is forced. I can't see Fletcher going anywhere this window, but IF we do stay up it might be a different kettle of fish. Berra moving is only paper talk with the merry go round due to start with the movement of one person!!
It would be suicide to seel SF
It would be suicide to seel SF
On the other hand, I would be pleased to see George go because he deserves to get a regular game of football somewhere ... and his transfer would generate some money.
If I was Emperor of Football (as I should be) there would be regulations in place outlawing any mention in the media of transfers unless a club confirms they have received a bid.I hate this window, in the same way I do the close season.How many names were being thrown around in the summer? 'Stories' about us buying and selling players that we either didn't buy or sell.Added to this the really infuriating way the E&S turns an answered question into a 'story'. MM saying Fletch is not for sale after having received a definite offer, is a story. Answering some banal question at a presser, is just that.If I was Emperor of the Media (as I should be) i'd ban stupid, pointless, groundless questions from journo's and publicly execute those whose mouths let us all down. Would sure liven up the 'half-time entertainment' at The Mol...'liven up' probably not being the best turn of phrase, but i'm sure you get my drift.
A4D you should be the Emperor of all that you want to be mate. But I completly agree with your comments on the whole transfer speculation thing, It's just bored press out there without any clue about what is going on!! The half time bit would suit me fine!
A4D you should be the Emperor of all that you want to be mate. But I completly agree with your comments on the whole transfer speculation thing, It's just bored press out there without any clue about what is going on!! The half time bit would suit me fine!
Elokobi, Guedioura, Vokes, Keogh - out Bassong, Onouha, Kenwyne Jones - in And I'll be a happy man :)
Smithy not to sure of getting rid of Guediora, but agree with the others. Now Kenwyne Jones, don't really rate him at all, big lad falls over a lot, Jay Boothroyd ring any bells. I agree we need another Stiker, but it's getting someone who is proven, and unfortunately there are very few around. I don't really have an alternative, but mabye a loanee could come in, but from where I don't know sorry.
I think that Jones would be a good acquisition: he is a big lad, is good with his head and feet and, as his Christian name implies, he's capable of mixing it up. If he were to come, would that mean the departure of Doyle? As a general point, I know it's a difficult business and we have to be careful in our negotiations but I wish Jez would be realistic in his assessment of the sums he should be paying in fees and wages. If he were to give a little, we might acquire quality players. I'm looking forward to going to WHL on Saturday. Watch out for the report later that evening.
SB I am looking forward to it mate. The good thing about Jez is that we are not paying stupid wages for players, but i agree that we need to bend a bit to get the quality.
To get quality,Sparkes, Moxey would have to pay them double what he's paying the top earners that we have.It just ain't gonna happen.We're in the 20-30k a week kind of market- and you don't get much for that these days. QPR will be prepared to gazump any bid we make for players and are already paying out 70-80k, to certain individuals, in wages. We're looking at a relegation fight, we can't compete on fees and wages and, as a result, Hughes will be in prime position should a bidding war break out.We signed a virtual unknown from Scotland for 600,000 and that's the market we're in. I'd imagine Mixer Jones is about as big a name as we're likely to be involved with and I doubt very much the finances will stretch to making two name signings.It would take a U-turn in the direction that the club's financial planning is going for anything else to happen.
Agree A4D: mediocre wages = mediocre players = mediocre results. Only avenue left is to deploy what players we have more effectively, and that is, for the hundredth time, in a more valid system of a system of play.
I think the club are hoping for nothing more than staying in the league again and i think that will be the aim for the next few years until we have a bigger stadium and can generate the revenue to spend a bit more on transfer fees and wages.. it's the sensible way of doing it, and probably the right way.. that way we'll steadily improve and move up the table.. clubs like QPR just want all the glory as fast as they can.. like pompey. i just hope they fail!! i hope they get relegated and we grab a couple of their star players on the cheap in the close-season :)
While I think you are right in your assessment of the board's policy, it's a very risky one. It depends upon the team surviving in the PL. We managed to do so by the skin of our teeth last season but we are struggling again and are likely to go down. Then, the whole policy will have to be scrapped and a lot of the money that was earmarked for the stadium will have to be used to rebuild the team. Some of us believe that this is what we should be doing anyway.
I'm not saying i agree with that policy, I'm merely saying it's probably the right way to go about it.. The chances are we will go down in the next few seasons if we dont invest in the team.. however, i think if mick's team selection and tactics were better we'd be in a better position than we are now.. if we had a fully fit squad we should be closer to mid-table.. Mick just frustrates me by keeping his favourites in the team and not giving others a chance!!
SmithyWolves: you're giving rather lukewarm support to the club's policy because you seem resigned to the fact that it will inevitably lead to our relegation. However, I do agree with your comment that we would improve our position, even with our existing players, if MM's team selection and tactics were better.
It would seem I am gathering disciples here, tactics and selection as priorities, I mean - only I am not a master. SW, SB: it is as far as I can see. I do not think we will go down; as SW remarks, Club policy is that the Club stays up. That is one thing. Just about staying up is another, it is very risky, as SB points out, just a slight miscalculation, a single point or a single goal's difference or goal scored would mean relegation. I suppose the board have looked into the matter (they certainly don't need us numpties showing them the way) and concluded that, with the departure of MM unthinkable, there is nothing to do but hope for a repeat of a repeat performance, all the while checking on the points gap from the third bottom, for now, or later to fourth bottom - but they are all too familiar with that. We have not hit the relegation places, yet, and if we did it with points to make up, we should do it with points to defend, even it is a single point at the moment.
comments coming out of the club today that the next phase of redevelopment is likely to be put on hold for 2 or 3 years.. so the steve bull stand isn't to be knocked down this year.. so that puts to bed what i said in my previous comment.. i dont understand that decision.. maybe they've decided to invest more money into the team instead.. if they are stuck for finances or whatever why continue with the 50 mil compton park redevelopment???
i mean surely that should be put on hold instead!
I would prefer money to be used directly on team building. However, if it is spent on developing the training facilities and the Academy, it does have a positive impact upon the fortunes of the team. Naturally, given our precarious position, these projects have lower priorities than getting in quality players now but they are still higher up the wish-list than extra seating for non-existent supporters.

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