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Solbakken appointment a gamble?

Is Wolves appointment of Ståle Solbakken as manager a gamble?

According to owner Steve Morgan, not only is it a gamble, but its a brave risk to have appointed someone as manager with limited knowledge of the English game.

But he quantified the move by stating that he was also a proven winner with Champions League experience and that knowledge of football will mean that he will be a success at Molinuex.

"It`s always a gamble - of course it is, when you appoint any new manager - but we don`t believe that just because he`s not well known in England, that it`s a problem," Morgan told the shropshirestar.com

The 44-year-old does hold an impressive CV, five league titles in Denmark with Copenhagen, winning the Danish Superliga in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, he's also won the domestic Cup with Copenhagen and experienced the Champions League, before an unsuccessful period in Germany.

Morgan continued: "He`s a veteran of the Champions League, he has won lots of silverware as a player and manager and he will have money to spend.

"It`s only a brave appointment in the sense that Stale is not well known in the UK but he`s a legend in Scandinavia and northern Europe and his record ranks up there with the best."

Vital Wolves Comment: Time will tell Steve, time will tell.



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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 15 2012

Time: 12:00PM

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no more of a gamble than walking down the street! or crossing the road in the rush hour.
johnwolf
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15/05/2012 12:33:00

He's right......any appointment is a gamble. Even if you had Sir Alex himself, it would still be a gamble. Lots of factors have to come into conjunction in order for success to be achieved. Nobody has a crystal ball so it's always a gamble. I for one applaud their willingness to look outside the box and jump off the usual managerial merry-go-round. It would have been easy to pick one of the current crop of unemployed managers on the circuit. They are unemployed for a reason...they failed. Yes....Stale failed last heat but under extremely difficult circumstances. His statement yesterday that....Jesus and Jose mourinio couldn't save Koln was really funny and probably very true. Hats off to Steve Morgan......you are forgiven. ;)
Rustmonkey
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15/05/2012 12:37:00

I just wanna watch Wolves playing football again... not collapsing in a heap every time the opposition makes an attack. Prop up the defence Stale and you will go a long way to returning this bunch to winning ways. WE ARE WOLVES
AdMant
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15/05/2012 12:52:00

I really hope he proves to be the right man. Its way to early to make assumptions until he has had time to mould the team in his image. I hope we keep Fletch, Doyle, Jarvo, Kights, Henners & Addy. Everyone else can go as far as i'm concerned (including TC - Thanks for your efforts but the door is behind you). UTW!! -UTW
BIG TASTY
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15/05/2012 13:02:00

I know nothing about him either but I feel quite upbeat about SS and the new season, even though JM put a dampener on the amount of money available to Stale.
Southbank60
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15/05/2012 21:14:00

He must have been mis-quoted when he spoke of a 'treasure chest' being available last week, Southbank60. He obviously meant ONCE we'd sold our best players. Either that, or it's a classic case of double-speak from the Ministry of Truth(s).
winstonsmith84
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16/05/2012 00:09:00

... same goes for the 'war chest' he promised us and Mick in January..
winstonsmith84
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16/05/2012 00:11:00

It figures ... but, surely, Stale would have asked for assurances that money would be made available to meet immediate needs. On second thoughts, that would probably break MC's budget!
Southbank60
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16/05/2012 07:46:00

There more I see the happier I am. We all knew we needed a complete shake up and we have one. I may even grease the keyboard and knock out an article by the weekend.
New York City Wolf
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16/05/2012 21:17:00

Hey, guys, I don't want to burst the bubble of excitement but here is an extract from an interview that SS gave today from his home village in Norway. This is the relevant passage: "I thought the Cologne job looked exiting, and I think the same about the job in Wolverhampton. I've got to do this". But, for how long before the exiting, Stale?
Southbank60
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16/05/2012 21:44:00

The extract you quote must be from a written report of the interview, Southbank, for he pronounces the word 'exciting' correctly (interview at Molineux before the press conference that followed). The question should be addressed to the reporter who took the interview! Let's not start getting at the man, Southbank. He will have enough problems sorting out that defence.
lovesW
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17/05/2012 05:30:00

I know, lovesW, but don't spoil the joke.
Southbank60
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17/05/2012 09:17:00

Solksjaar to Villa...would make for an interesting friendly.
Rustmonkey
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17/05/2012 22:32:00

 

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