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Domino effect?

Domino effect?

It was a bad day for Wolves fans yesterday. First off Michael Kightly signed for Stoke and then Steven Fletcher handed in a transfer request following an approach from Sunderland.

"We would like to wish Michael all the best. He joined the Club as a raw young winger from non-league football and developed into an excellent player, making an important contribution to Wolves, particularly during our Championship winning season," said CEO Jez Moxey discussing Kighly's departure with the official website.

He added: "Michael wanted to remain in the Premier League, rather than sign the new deal, which had been offered to him and, therefore, we also faced losing him for nothing at the end of his contract.

"Given these facts, we agreed the deal with Stoke and we wish Michael well."

As Jez alluded to, once his contract was able to run down to less than 12 months to go it was always going to be difficult to tie him down following relegation.

Steven Fletcher was always going to be another one difficult to keep following relegation and with his departure now imminent, are the wheels now in motion to cause a 'domino effect'?

The expected mass exodus has been avoided to-date, but now one has gone clubs are now well aware that we will sell if the offer is right.

Matt Jarvis has been the subject of various links and rumours, could he be next? Adam Hammill and Christophe Berra are on the transfer list and Ståle Solbakken has indicated that he could be willing to let others go.

It's likely that we will see a few more changes before the season starts in the next couple of weeks.

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Date:Thursday August 9 2012
Time: 10:11AM

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No domino effect. Just individuals making individual decisions to leave Wolves. Jarvis wants to go too, but not because he gives a flying one what Kightly and Fletcher have planned, it's because we were relegated and none of them want to play in the championship. I've no idea why anybody thinks their personal decisions to play in the PL are related.There's nothing a club can do to keep players that want to leave, other than get as much cash in as they can.I agree with Rustmonkey's comment on a previous thread re Moxey's culpability in all this. He's powerless to stop the inevitable 'exodus', just like Blues and Burnley were, following relegation, when we came sniffing after their players. A club goes down and their best (most saleable) players bale out.Nothing new there.
09/08/2012 10:40:00
Another point to remember, is that we were one of the lower payers in the PL. Even if players were still on their PL rates, Kightly is likely to have doubled his salary and Fletch has probably, at he very least, trebled his. The fact that they have had a reported 50% cut for being relegated is almost irrelevant. To try and 'keep them' by matching the conditions other clubs will have offered them, would mean we'd have to double or treble what we were paying them had we not been relegated. There's every chance Kightly, Fletch and Jarvis would have left even if we had stayed up.
09/08/2012 10:53:00
The club have yet again reiterated that Fletch ain't going anywhere unless the price is met. A shrewd move considering he has 3 yrs left. Either a/ he'll have to bite the bullet and play for us or B/ we'll flush out a price from one of the other clubs eyeing him that will be inline with our valuation of him. Either way we should benefit. It really is a poker game now. To be honest, I think he should go. I come to this conclusion because if he really wants to leave then will he do his best for us if we force him to stay....doubtful. Jez is quite astute when it comes to playing the waiting game so I am confident he will get the best price he can for him. The closer we get to the start of the Premier league season the more willing other teams will be to pay a premium. They will want to bed a player in before their season stars. That is why you end up with over valued players been brought it at the last minute.
09/08/2012 10:58:00
Rustmonkey, that statement by the board is the usual precursor to a sale... None of us really thought we were going to hold on to him and Jarvis, and whilst Kightly's decision was a kick in the groin, we really have to feed that cash back into the team, in particular the defence...
09/08/2012 11:25:00
New winger in! Couple of defenders now, job done.
09/08/2012 18:18:00
Hard to say by a YouTube vid but if he's half that good he'll blow Kightly out the water.
09/08/2012 18:20:00
Absolutley Rustmonkey. He looks like he will run at defenders and have a go at goal. And free kicks too.. Looks promising :)
09/08/2012 18:29:00
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