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Fotheringham an instant impact?

In a recent interview Wolves gaffer Mick McCarthy clearly stated he was after an impact signing during this January transfer window.

He didn't want someone who will just make up the numbers, he didn't even specify that he would look for people to develop over time, he wanted someone who specifically had experience of the Premier League, who could walk in through the Molineux doors and make an instant impact.

Within hours of this interview doing the rounds on the internet, Sky Sports News then reported that we have handed a trial to Mark Fotheringham.

Who? I hear a few of you cry?

Well Fotheringham is a 28-year-old Scottish midfielder who has an awful lot of experience in other countries, but absolutely no experience of the Premier League in England.

He has played in Scotland with Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United and Livingston. He has played in Germany with SC Freiburg, Switzerland with FC Aarau and Cyprus with Αnorthosis Famagusta, but the closest to the Premier League he has got was a stint in the Championship with Norwich.

It seems a strange move, but nonetheless, according to Sky Sports he will be training with us this week and may have even featured in a behind-closed-doors match against Burnley yesterday.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 25 2012

Time: 2:22PM

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He's had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus and seen more trials than Perry Mason.
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25/01/2012 14:41:00

True! He has been around a bit, he did play for us against Burnley yesterday and scored. Not that that counts for much. He was highly thought of when at Norwich, where he was captain, until he fell out with the management. Had trials in Spain etc. From what I have read he is an aggressive player who does not like to loose! He is free and cheap so would not be surprised to see him join Wolves. We should be looking at Scott Brown (Celtic), though they would never sell him and I doubt he would come down here to us.
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25/01/2012 15:09:00

lets get Gary Hooper aswell while we're at it. may as well raid the Scottish bargain bucket league for some more cheap options. at least Fletch will have some mates.
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25/01/2012 15:42:00

a bit difficult convincing players to join us, when we are paying peanuts and staring relegation in the face...
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25/01/2012 15:48:00

Oops! I posted this comment in the wrong place ... well, it was relevant there but this is the more pertinent thread in which to discuss the point. The thought that we are looking at a player like Fotheringham typifies the lack of ambition and penny-pinching policies of our board and/or the poor standards set by our coaching team (though the one might impact on the other). If we need Fotheringham and are thinking of offering a loan deal to Mancienne, why did we did we buy Jonsson? We are filling up with second raters when we have current experience of what the presence of a marquee player can do for the fortunes of the club. For goodness sake Mr. Morgan splash out on a couple of genuine PL players and watch the team fly. Or doesn't that interest you?
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25/01/2012 16:18:00

I don't mean to laugh but if Fotheringham is the answer then I'd hate to know the question. Not saying he's terrible - in fact few players can play a ball backwards with more accuracy - but my word. My word.
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25/01/2012 16:25:00

well, perhaps the combined passing-back powers of henry and fotheringtonburgerhamsmith will create a hole in the time/space contimuum and the ball will get sucked in and pop out in the opposition half.... well, c'mon thats the only way a "pass" from Henry was getting there..
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25/01/2012 16:33:00

The question, theguru, is how little an outlay can we get away with to ... er ... no, I don't really know what the board's objectives are so I cannot complete the question.
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25/01/2012 16:47:00

My view is that the perspective of the board would be something like this: we've done it before, and twice not just once, with the minimum outlay on transfer fees. With two years' experience we stand even a better chance, battle-hardened as we are for the fight. Add to that the improvement in the overall performances of the last 5 games or so, and there you have it, plod along, all will end well and the questions being asked now will be forgotten.....now I am not condoning this line of thought, though it will probably turn out to have been the right one. But woe to us if not.
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25/01/2012 17:31:00

I'd go along with that, lovesW. One of the mistakes the board have been making for the past 3 seasons, is with respect to the notion that the questioning of their transfer/wages policies will 'be forgotten', after survival.It's remembered every transfer window (including this one) and just intensifies every time. But, you're right, to hear the Sultan of Spin talk, it does appear to suggest that he believes that their penny-pinching antics from previous years is forgotten.I really dislike hearing and seeing Moxey...and I never forget that, either.
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25/01/2012 17:55:00

I agree with the views of the two cynics above, which have provided me with the answer to the problem of defining the question asked for above. It's to do the minimum possible to keep us in the PL and hope that it's enough. You have to admire the precise calibration of the calculation: less than three minutes last season. How much closer can we get this year? If it all, I reckon it will be the Wigan game.
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25/01/2012 20:09:00

SB60 my problem is if we stay up are the board going to do the same next season as in minimal outlay becuase the squad now has thee full seasons in the PL.just like they have done this season i thought the idea was to improve every season and try to climb the table not just escape relegation by the skin of your teeth. I just dont understand are transfer policy we must have money to spend and pay the wages but nobody seems to fit the criteriaaccording to MM. Who is he trying to kid theres not a better LB than Elokobi or a better CH than Berra or a better holding MFIELDER than Henry take in to account a striker and thats at least four new players we need.
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25/01/2012 21:40:00

I agree with you, too, kiawolves: we HAVE to buy quality players if we are to survive. We have absolutely no margin this year, with worse prospects than last season. What was missing from my last post was my belief that, if we survive at all, it will probably be by the last kick of the last match against Wigan. I have just returned from the pub and I see that Liverpool are beating MC in the League Cup (now have beaten them). It's not going to be easy next Tuesday. I am angling to get to the Mol as it's a critical game (yet another one) but my wife is not happy. I had my 11 week post-op check-up yesterday and the consultant said that I could start driving again, though he did add that I should take it easily for some time. I just want to be there to encourage the lads, even though I am *****ed off with the management.
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25/01/2012 23:59:00

We are now paying the price for putting ground improvements ahead of investing in additions we desperately needed to secure a Premier League place.... Instead we will end up back in the Championship with a lop-sided stadium that gives us the dubious benefit of increased capacity when we nowhere nereach our present maximum. What a King mess!
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26/01/2012 01:17:00

So, Davies isn't coming,nor Jones...not even Mancienne. Apparently they've been scouting Diouf at MU...but he isn't coming, either.SB- the thought of you driving that round trip is enough to make my neck hurt! A few shorter trips first might be an idea.And anyway, they didn't come and see you when you were ill...the old ones are the best.
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26/01/2012 11:59:00

Well, A4D, I have added a response to you on an earlier thread (MM on the brink one), which was meant to appear here, though alluding to your comments there. Got it? There, I reaffirmed my intention to attend the Liverpool match, which will help answer the question as to whether we have turned the corner or not. I have to be there. I just hope my wife doesn't hide the car keys. However, I may need minders when I arrive and would welcome your support, especially in The Varsity or some other hostelry.
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26/01/2012 14:41:00

Coventry and the Ricoh anyone... Biggest stadium in league 1 !! The proof is in the pudding, and that pudding is humble pie - 3 three greedy M's should have more than enough to go round. Cant wait to hear the spin at the end of the season when we have been relegated/stayed up cos global warming flooded Loftus road and the entire cities of Bolton and Wigan...
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26/01/2012 14:49:00

If you're sure you're up to it,SB, i'd be delighted to. Not expecting much good news from the match.BUT the Pool are definitely either v good or v average, so hopefully their lightening has been used up against MC and we might cop them (don't know how I think of 'em!) having a bad night.
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26/01/2012 15:50:00

A4D, you can contact me on my email address: SB60@hotmail.co.uk
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