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Vital Wolves Interviews 2012: Southbank60

Vital Wolves Interviews 2012: Southbank60

The Vital Wolverhampton Wanderers users summer interviews are back!

With Euro 2012 ending with heart break for England on penalties once again, we thought we would shift our focus away from the European Championships, Wimbledon and the Olympics and back on to Wolverhampton Wanderers challenge on the Championship this August!

We want to hear your views and then via our sometimes lively article comments, we want everyone else to discuss your points and basically keep us entertained over the next month and a bit of no football!

Following on from tom_s and Lincs Wolf we have Vital Wolves veteran southbank, who has also sent in his answers.

Number 1: In your view, what were the three key areas (on and off the pitch) that resulted in our relegation from the Premier League.

(a)Leaky defence (b) poor management (c) wrong financial priorities.

2: Since our relegation has the club resolved any of these points to your satisfaction?

I can only see an improvement in B at the moment (with the appointment of SS), though how effective he will be depends the extent to which C is corrected, that is, if our CEO [one of the problems with B] frees enough money for him to bring in players to improve A.

Number 3: If the season kicked off today, do Wolves have the players, management and staff to earn promotion back to the Premier League?

I think that SS will do a better job with the current squad than MM or TC ever could but we need to get in better defenders to give us a fighting chance of promotion.

Number 4: If you were Ståle Solbakken what position would be your priority to strengthen?

The defence!

Number 5: Anyone in particular in mind?

I hope that Batth will make the grade but we could do with a more experienced player with ability alongside him, though it has to be younger than Craddock. would Dann come?

6: Who would you be desperate to get rid of and why?

Johnson, Stearman, Ward, Berra and only use Henry and Foley as back-ups. The first four are simply not good enough as defenders and could spoil our promotion drive this season. Foley, although more dependable, is slow and easily turned. Regarding Henry, I would prefer to see Davis in his place. He is as effective in the tackle and possesses a far better all-round game.

Number 7: Out of the three relegated sides who do you think is the best equipped to offer a promotion challenge?

Bolton, if they keep most of their team but, who knows if they lose key players. And, under SS I think we will be a much better outfit. I am looking forward to seeing BBS play and with the money we get from the sale of SF and MJ, we should be able to buy in a good defender or two.

Number 8: Out of the sides in the Championship who do you think will win the title?

Apart from the relegated sides, I think Leicester could buy their way to success, as could Notts Forest, awash with Eastern money and under the -ahem- astute management of MM and TC!!!!!

Number 9: Who will be relegated?

No opinion: I am only looking at the top end.

Number 10: What question would you like to ask the Vital Wolves users who are responding to your interview?

Because I have been critical of our CEO and his stewardship of the club, does that mean that I am not a true WW supporter?

Thanks to southbank for keeping the ball rolling and sending in his interview!

Feel free to discuss his points and answer his Number 10 politely, we're all on the same side don't forget!

If you would like to take part in this feature please send in your replies to the above nine questions and think of an original number ten to ask our Vital Wolves users!

Send them directly to us via our Vital Wolves by email address or post your answers on on the forum.

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Date:Tuesday July 17 2012
Time: 11:03AM


I couldnt agree more, with every single sentiment. to answer your question, I slagged of the 3Ms more than most - I would go so far as to say, those who DIDNT raise concerns about their ability to run our club are the ones who do NOT truly support Wolves...
17/07/2012 13:51:00
I don't care how much you both hate them we could be in a MUCH worse situation without them. The sacking of McCarthy was just ill timed but one you all called for. Getting relegated could be a blessing in disguise anyway. With the 2M's we have a club that is debt free and building towards a big future with the stadium enhancement and the training ground rebuild. They also do not mind spending money on players. The relegation clauses in contracts is particularly good business meaning we can afford to keep our star assets for a return to the Prem. They have also appointed someone fresh (which we all wanted - they could have appointed Steve Bruce for christ sake!) which I believe most seem to be excited about. So please tell me why, because I do not hate these people that are NOT running our great Club into the ground makes me NOT a true Wolves supporter?
17/07/2012 14:23:00
That's my point, 86lobo77! You and I might be tolerant of WW supporters who have different opinions about management, coaching staff and individual players, but we accept each other as true WW fans. Unfortunately, there are some who don't! Regarding relegation - and leaving aside the premise that had a little more money been spent on the pitch and less on bricks and mortar we would have survived - I think that the drop will do us a favour in short term, never mind in the seasons after this one. We have got rid of MM (admittedly at the most inopportune time, even if I did call for his resignation after the WBA game) and his outmoded tactics, and have appointed a new manager, who is in tune with the modern game. His presence is already being felt and the change in atmosphere is tangible. Moreover, because of his standing in the game, he is able to bring in an exciting, young talent like BBS. I know one shouldn't make assessments based on short YouTube clips but he looks fast, skilful and deadly in front of goal. It seems as though we are going to solve our LB and CD problems before too long as well. I am really looking forward to this season because I think we will not only do well but will also do it playing attractive football. No more hoof and a prayer! Over the summer the application of SS's coaching philosophy, combined with the acquisition of new talent in the squad, will make us a force to be reckoned with in the Championship. It's going to be hard but I am quietly confident and that's a feeling I have not had for years.
17/07/2012 16:10:00
Well said young man. I have a good feeling about this season. I think we are going to see some big changes. Great to see so many of the youth that have been taken. Bath, sounds like he had a cracking season so if he can carry that form through maybe signing the one for the middle will be enough. Johnson can go and whistle but Zubes for example is a central defender so as I say once again, now we have someone who can apparently organize a unit we might see him used in the middle. I'd better get round to my interview tomorrow after work. I'll be in England between Sept 8th and the 18th so I am off to check the fixture list. Pints this time my friends shall be a must.
New York City Wolf
18/07/2012 04:04:00
Pre-match drinks before the Leicester game on 15 September?
18/07/2012 11:31:00
Spot on my friend. Check the dates, good timing.
New York City Wolf
19/07/2012 03:45:00
Good to see some discussion on these interviews at last! Right then who's up next?
19/07/2012 10:39:00
... even if it's only about drinking beer, Akela?
19/07/2012 10:51:00
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