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Three man shortlist?

Ever since Mick McCarthy's sacking at Wolves, three (hopefully wise) men have led the chase to replace him.

Alan Curbishley, Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock have been the bookies favourites as soon as the announcement was made that our Mick would be leaving Molinuex.

Has it been the worst kept secret in football that those men are on our shortlist for the post? Or is it merely highlighting the limited options available to chief executive Jez Moxey and owner Steve Morgan for choosing mid-February to sack their manager?

Whatever the answer, that is the reality we now find ourselves in.

All three have their positive points, all three have their negative points.

Curbishley did well at Charlton, taking them to a similar position to ourselves, before Charlton fans began to get itchy feet, putting pressure on Curbishley to take them to the next step from Premier League survivors to pushing higher in the league.

Eventually he left and they fell down the leagues and now find themselves in the third tier of English football.

Steve Bruce had a similar record to McCarthy while at Birmingham, did reasonably well at Wigan before failing at Sunderland despite being able to spend big in the transfer market and was recently sacked.

Neil Warnock, a media darling and will be popular due to his off the cuff remarks, a bit like McCarthy in some respects.

Did a good job at Sheffield United before eventually getting relegated from the Premier League, again did ok at Crystal Palace before getting big spending QPR promoted to the Premier League, but despite having a large transfer kitty at his disposal, his work wasn't deemed good enough by their owner and he was sacked recently too.

Vital Wolves Comment: Out of the three I'd go for Curbishley as he is the better long term prospect.

But he's been out of the game for a while, departing West Ham in September 2008.

Has he lost his touch? Will he hit the ground running with the day to day slog of a relegation battle?

He currently leads our poll with 37% of the vote, over the other contenders.

Steve Bruce and Warnock both have 3%, while 15% want to see a u-turn from Moxey and Morgan and see the quick return of Mick McCarthy.

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 15 2012

Time: 10:26AM

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Curbs for me, please.
seanlyncha7x
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15/02/2012 11:05:00

Double edged swoRd for me personally.........Bruce---no way. Warnock is best qualified to get us back up if we do drop but not sure fans or players will give him a chance. I don't think Curbs is the answer either but seems to be a fans favourite and will be accepted by players. I just wonder.....a/ will he be allowed to bring in his own coaches, assuming he knows any and b/ he's been out of the game a while. Does he have the technical ability to change things and reinvigorate a team low on confidence and lacking in direction. I guess only time will tell. I still think either Souness or Wilkins would have been a better option as they are both legends. They would command immediate respect from the dressing room and may turn things around in the short term. Whether they would be long term answers or even want the gig is another discussion but they would be my preference.
Rustmonkey
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15/02/2012 12:28:00

I still think we may be in for a suprise,forget what the papers say,Benitez I think will be the man.Morgans connections with scouseland will count,if not him then a player/manager might be the answer,again from Liverpool???.
Crete Wolf
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15/02/2012 13:34:00

Our players can't do the basics in the English game. What chance that they learn the foreign way in 13 games. No to Benitez
Rustmonkey
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15/02/2012 14:11:00

Crete is with me, or I am with him. It will be the 'island mentality', no doubt.
lovesW
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15/02/2012 17:42:00

The lack of any fan backing for the likes of Steve Bruce and possibly even Neil Warnock I would think would cancel them out, the board must think that they need to employ someone the fans will unite over? Curbs is the closest we have to that it would seem.
akela
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16/02/2012 09:49:00

Good point, Rustmonkey. To be realistic it's going to be Curbs, at least for the short-term, and then the field opens up. Personally, I would like us to consider Freedman, that is, if we cannot tempt Rodgers or Lambert ... and they are not going to come.
Southbank60
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16/02/2012 09:59:00

 

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