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Post mortem begins at Molineux

Post mortem begins at Molineux

The death of Premier League football in Wolverhampton eventually came as no surprise this weekend.

Bottom of the Premier League without a win in our last 11 games, losing our last 9 games in succession at Molinuex, simply put we've not been good enough since September and we've been awful since February.

We started the season well, two wins over Blackburn and Fulham actually placed us briefly at the top of the table.

A draw with Aston Villa wasn't too bad either, but from the end of August onwards, there was very little to shout about.

Just 3 wins against Wigan, Sunderland and QPR, just 7 draws against Swansea, Norwich, Arsenal, Bolton, Spurs, Newcastle and Sunderland and 21 defeats, a total of 16 points from our last 32 games.

To break it down further, of our total of 23 points from 35 games, McCarthy totalled 21 points from 25 games, while Connor produced 2 points 10 games.

For Mick, that's an average of 0.84 points per game, a ratio that would have scored us 32 points over the course of a 38 game season if it had continued.

Excluding the August form games, our Mick scored 14 points in his last 22 games, an average of 0.63 points per game. If we scored that over the ten games since his departure and our final three games of the season, we would have finished the season on 29 points.

Whichever way you look at it, improvement was needed, but we stood a chance. Until the change in manager in February.

At that point on, all hope was lost.

Perhaps if a new manager with the ability to lift the players moral had stepped in we could have turned it around, there was no guarantee, but at this point it was possible, as it would have been for McCarthy given the chance.

But once the papers started reporting that candidate A had turned us down not once but twice, while candidates B, C and D reportedly also turned us down, the morale around the club and the dressing room was at an all time low.

Terry Connor had no chance to turn this around and his 2 points from 10 games came as little surprise.

So with all the evidence mounting up, what does the Post mortem reveal? Well on the evidence thus far, cause of death looks likely to be poor management from the boardroom, namely Jez Moxey and Steve Morgan.

'An experienced manager agreed to come and then had a change of heart, Terry took the job because we felt he was then the best man of the small number of candidates available.' Moxey told BBC Radio 5 live.

He continued: 'Had that manager been appointed, the process we followed in February would have been a textbook process and everyone would have said Wolverhampton Wanderers couldn't have dealt with that better.

'Our team and all of us have not been good enough. It's a collective responsibility. I'm not pointing the finger at Terry Connor or an individual. We simply have not been good enough.'

While Moxey might not point the finger, his excuses will not be good enough for many and the buck surely stops with those in the boardroom?

That's why a lot of anger has been thrown in the direction of Moxey and Morgan and Moxey is content to take it on the chin.

"While no one wants to receive negative comments from fans, it comes with the territory and I accept that`s the job I`ve got.' he continued in a separate interview with the Express and Star.

He added: "In football, someone has to be blamed and held to account and although it`s not what I`d want, I take it on the chin. I am big enough, ugly enough and experienced enough to know what happens. For me, it`s not a big deal.

"It`s better me getting stick than the players."

Vital Wolves Comment: But while its easy to point and apportion blame, the harder job comes with identifying the problems, what made everything go wrong and fixing them for a promotion push next season and in a way, Moxey may well be the best candidate to take us forward with the experiences he has already gained in the role.

He just needs to get the managerial position sorted.

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Date:Tuesday April 24 2012
Time: 1:26PM


Personally, I don't think Moxey has done a bad job in financial terms....infact, it could be argued that he has worked miracles to keep us in the Black. It would be easy to say that he stopped us signing players but to be fair MM bought £43 million of players. Some of them are top players....most of them were poor at best. We did also raise our pay structure in order to attract what we thought were better players. I don't think anyone can be blamed for the RJ signing. Nobody could predict that it would be possibly the worst signing in years having seen his previous form at Blues. Sometimes for whatever reason a signing just doesn't work. What Morgan must do is let Jez do what he does the non footballing side of the Club whilst installing a Director of Football such as Graham Taylor who once given his budget can work with the manager to bring in the right players. GT had too much baggage when he came to us as manager but he did give us an academy that produced some very good players. Let him deal with that side of the business because he is certainly capable and experienced.
24/04/2012 15:37:00
I agree with the need for a DoF, Rustmonkey. The further away Moxey is from the recruitment of players,(preferably out the door) the better. He's already started the spin cycle. We're more than a football team, he says.So, following that logic, it's perfectly acceptable to lose every week, as long as we turn a profit. I've never considered WWFC ,or any other club, in this country, as any more than a home for a football team.I also have no idea what 'Wolves DNA' means either, so maybe this non-Wolves fan, this non-footballing man would care to explain why he thinks anybody gives a flying f*** about anything other than the performance of the team.He did get one thing right about Mick's replacement, though: It was no job for a novice.
25/04/2012 10:43:00
WS84's point is the one that I have been banging on about for sometime. At a soccer club the priority should be to improve the fortunes of the team rather than diverting essential funding to non-footballing schemes. Fine, if sufficient money remains for such projects, but that patently has not been the case at WW. One could argue that building an unnecessary tier to the SC stand (and the earmarking of money similarly to expand the seating on the other three sides) rather than spending it on players has been the cause of our downfall. But, hey, we made a profit and we will also have the parachute payments to squirrel away. Sod the team!
25/04/2012 13:51:00
We are absolutely a football club, however, the reality is that in order to survive in the Prem, bring in the better players and pay them the club also has to look outside the box and create a revenue stream away from the football. I am assuming that SM looked at the current financial climate and saw an opportunity to build whilst prices were down which you have to agree makes sense, unfortunately I think he took his eye off the ball ( no pun intended). I'm not a finance minded person or indeed the owner of a football club but I am guessing that it's a pretty hard balancing act. This season the balance tipped the wrong direction.....partly due to bad decision making ( both on and off the field) and in some respect down to bad luck. I know we are not the only team to suffer bad ref decisions but it does sometimes feel that we get a bigger share than others. Frimpong was a massive loss as was the injuries and poor form of some of our other players. Don't get me wrong...I'm not trying to defend them but in the cold light of day I am trying to see things without the red mist. And yes....we the fans do have a part to play in things that happened whether we want to admit it or not. It's been a crap season....fact. What we need to do now is actually learn from them mistakes. The next couple of months are probably more important than those past. If Mr Morgan makes the right decisions then this drop may actually be a blessing in disguise. Maybe we can become a stronger Unit. The next time we play Prem Football we need to be strong enough to compete with the mid table teams rather than battle at the bottom again. I don't know about you lot but I was actually getting tired of seeing us get mauled week in week out. I am hoping that next season we will at least be able to walk away from a game with a smile on our face.
25/04/2012 16:10:00
I'm already looking forward to renewing old acquaintances, Rustmonkey.There's a few local derbies to get stuck into,and maybe there'll be another in Birmingham yet. Leeds and Milwall are always 'interesting', too. I've definitely had enough of being mauled every week and whatever division we're in, we'd all rather see them winning a few. It may well be the case that we're not 'big enough' for the PL.If we can't spend to compete, then we can't compete.
25/04/2012 16:27:00
I'll be honest....I enjoyed the Championship more than I have the Prem. it's nice to see the top teams and get the odd win against them but it is hard, tiring and sometimes demoralising work. Roll on next seaso.
25/04/2012 16:31:00
It all comes down to SM and his trust in MM. On several occasions the latter stated that 'I am here for a long time to come', surely echoing the Chairman's plans based on that trust: with the establishment of the Club in the PL and its gradual rise, more seating would be necessary for the increase in revenue, essential in order to compete with the top clubs. I have often written that it all depends on one man, and so it must be, and so it has been - right from the very start, to backing the man and to finally show him the door. When it dawned on SM that he had made a gross misjudgment, he pressed the panic button instead of risking another Survival Sunday, at best. Of course,no one can tell what would have been had MM stayed on, and I am not saying that he would have succeeded in keeping WW up. I am saying that sense suggests to me to stay with the man who did it twice before.
25/04/2012 16:32:00
I take your point Rustmonkey but, as we cannot fill our ground at the moment, it seemed premature to spend money on non-essentials until we had created a team that was capable of surviving in the PL. With the money spent on ground improvements we could have bought a decent back four.
25/04/2012 23:29:00
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