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It had been going so well. The bold and unexpected appointment of Stale Solbakken amongst a sea of managerial mediocrity revitalised interests to begin with.

Then came the exciting signing of Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, the young striker who had apparently been courting Premier League interest bolstered an already impressive looking Championship strike force. And while we were all whispering it quietly, there had been a distinct lack of reported interest in Molineux`s crown jewels.

Even the unimaginable, the sight of blue skies and that strange bright yellow thing in the sky had begun to peak through against a backdrop of an unforgettable sporting summer which took national pride soaring to unprecedented levels.

Trust in Wolverhampton Wanderers then, to bring you back down to earth with a bump.

It started off with dismay at the sale of Adlene Guedioura to Championship rivals Nottingham Forrest. Fan`s had hoped under new management the Algerian international would finally be given the chance to showcase his undoubted potential, but reasons frustratingly unknown, it was not to be. Guedioura to score at Molineux this season now seems as safe a bet as any.

Next it was Christophe Berra`s turn to steal the headlines, a transfer request. Fans blinked but were unmoved, still hurting from a season of defensive ineptitude of which Berra was not exempt. Little did we know Berra would be the shepherd to lead the sheep.

Then came the grumblings from the Potteries of an interest in Michael Kightly, one of the few bright sparks of optimism to take into the new season. Surely he would reward the club who plucked him from obscurity, stuck by him through injury torment and gave him Premiership football with a pulsating season to push us back into the big time. Loyalty and logic unfortunately don`t exist in football, and with the 26-year-old rejecting a new deal, Wolves decided to cash in on the winger. While the club can`t be blamed for this, it is frustrating that they weren`t willing to let him leave for free next summer with a potential £90 million promotion windfall in the bag; he did after all only cost the club £25,000 back in 2007.

The domino effect had begun and with increasing reports of large bids being rejected for his services and with his reported loyalty bonus in his contract paid for the year, Steven Fletcher duly handed in his transfer request. "#heads gone" he tweeted. Reports of Sunderland needing to stoop up around £15 million for the striker have certainty made some reporters head into their local Boots for an eye check-up, but with the start of the season fast approaching and the two clubs reportedly in deadlock it seems Martin O`Neill`s desperation for a new striker worsens. Moxey, sitting in his office, cat on his lap, clasping his hands together smiling, waits for the call.

Perhaps the most alarming developments of the past few weeks were the team`s performances on the field. On Saturday against Aldershot Town of League 2, just a week before the season kicks off at Elland Road the team were slow to get going, and wasteful in front of goal, Wolves truthfully looked disjointed in their first competitive outing under their new manager. The week prior they were swept aside with ease by newly promoted Southampton.

After the game came the next hammer blow, Solbakken confirming Matty Jarvis was also looking to leave the club, with West Ham reportedly showing an interest in the fan favourite. While hardly

surprising, the growing anger from Wolves fans at a bunch of lads that were supposed to be different, supposed to be honest and loyal like their former manager, was clear to see.

So here we are with just days to go until the start of the new season and it all feels like it has come too soon for the club. Players which could excel at championship level, Wayne Hennessey, Jamie O`Hara are still looking like long term absentees. The desperate need for defensive recruitment hasn`t materialised. Players are still uncertain over their futures, with at least six being on the transfer list, and others still look uncertain with tactics, in particular with playing higher up the pitch, so how it will work out over the next few weeks is anyone`s guess.

Solbakken has admitted that "everything`s a little unsettled, It would be stupid to say everything is fine because it`s not.' The 44-year-old must be getting flashback to his time at his former club FC Köln. At least in that we can take a crumb of comfort, for the Norwegian has the experience of dealing with egos, even if his time at the German club was unsuccessful.

So as I finish writing this, the dark grey skies and torrential downpour has finished, and sun is attempting to break through, like the weather, Wolves will have to suffer a dew downpours along the way, but as the old cliché article ending line goes, out of darkness cometh light.

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The Journalist

Writer: Ben Nicholas Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 16 2012

Time: 10:00AM

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Well Ben, do you work for a funeral director? What doom and gloom your forecast. Turn the clock back 12 months and a recently promoted West Ham were turned over by an eager Aldershot side. Saturdays performance wasnt the best, but lets take out the positives, good possesion...........and..........er, I think that was it! Hopefully Stale will field a stronger attacking side on Saturday, so long as the sickness bug doesnt strike again!
Medicine Man
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16/08/2012 10:19:00

well im glad we have you on our side....NOT ITS FANS LIKE YOU BEN WHO SIT IN THE STANDS MOANING WEEK IN WEEK OUT !! the glass is always half emtpy type of fans like you are not wanted at our club.. its a new era yes so get behind the team eh !! let the players leave who want to leave,the transfer window is open for a few more weeks yet so WHO KNOW EH ?/? AND before we kick a ball in the league in anger give the team some hope and good luck instead of all this negativeness... if you can't do that then **** off down the road and support sandwell town !! FOREVER GOLD !!
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16/08/2012 10:35:00

Perhaps unsurprisingly I agree with Ben. The past 2 weeks of transfer requests, players leaving without notable replacement, Stale himself admiting disquiet in the club, no CB, no LB, (admittedly there is still time - but im not holding my breath) and perhaps the biggest litmus of the health of our club, the fans, and the bickering amongst ourselves has already started on blogs around the net. However, before the (happiness &) light brigade come down on me too - I have reserved open criticism as there is indeed still time for Stale to work his magic. So lets wait and see, and hope a little.
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16/08/2012 10:36:00

oh dear Ben, it seems you have rattled the "Happy Clappies" and their copy and pasted, why dont you go support albion... Actually "Top Wolf" (now there's a self-important pseudonym) Ben's article was more about stating events, rather than anything else - your tirade was nothing more than a rant. Why not try adding something to substantiate your vitriol ? Come on, we'd all love you to share your expertise ...
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16/08/2012 10:39:00

Anyway, I cant see why SF and MJ dont just stay, score loads of goals in the Championship and we will be back in the Premiership next season, surely thats not that complicated to understand? Great, MJ bid rejected! See you Saturday then Matt...............
Medicine Man
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16/08/2012 10:45:00

I'm not in the happy flappy brigade and share some of Bens sentiments but I want to give the guy ( Stale) a chance.. Change takes time, is bound to cause discontent and will lead to players coming and going but I'm cool with that. At the end of last season we were begging for change and a clear out...here it is. Rome wasn't built in a day and I am sure this may be another 3 yr plan. If we don't go up this season then so be it as long as I can see improvement. I am quite optimistic that we will put a decent team back together over the next 12 months. The players that are T/Led and sold so far were never any great shakes and as for the ones who want out .....let em go. We won't see all of the transfer money..fact but as long as steady progression is made that's ok with me. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to move forward. Albion yoyoed season after season but ultimately became the better team. Let's hope we can become better for change.
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16/08/2012 10:58:00

do you think this was what happened at Cologne? new manager new ideas old players couldnt adapt, top names revolting etc...sounds familiar. We need to give Ståle a chance, we may not be the top dogs this year but next certainly, if they can get it together come oct/november though we never know. He did inherit a good side at Copenhagen but I am told he only made them better!
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16/08/2012 11:19:00

It is worth keeping in mind that players are paid their salaries whether they are in the first team, in the reserves, on the bench, out of form or out injured. I do not deem it proper (be it perfectly common procedure and the 'done thing' ) that all that goes overboard - they themselves go overboard - to further their careers in the limelight of the PL and for better personal terms when it comes to the Club's turn to be reciprocated in kind. This goes especially for those who were 'unearthed' as nobodies and owe the Club not only their living but their very name. I expect most will remind me of the age we are living, but I need no reminding. Out of time? Probably. Black is black? Still a hint of gold. 19th Nervous Breakdown? Not just yet.
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16/08/2012 12:50:00

LovesW: 'You Can't always Get What You Want'?
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16/08/2012 16:48:00

Southbank, it seems Jez can and will. No coincidence then that I forgot that one. We had Robbie Keane, now HE's a rainbow, how many more colours must one don to claim the title. There will be others, no doubt, who can Get no Satisfaction at WW and who will be told 'You Better Move On, Heart of Stone'! When It's All Over Now, Jez, for The Last Time, will say: Get off of my Cloud. Time IS on his side, after all,is it not? You guessed it, I had to google the Stones' discography, my memory is all but Not Fade Away.
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16/08/2012 17:56:00

I totally agree with the sentiment, lovesW; the club is perfectly entitled to play as hard-ball as it sees fit with those who have gone over the side.It isn't an easy option for the club.In the words of the great Chuck D: "It's Harder Than You Think".But, with regard to player utterances:"Don't Believe The Hype".
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17/08/2012 06:57:00

Yo Dude: you're obviously younger than I am, WS84, but to quote Chuck D too, I'm urging our team to have 'The Pride' against Leeds and 'Show 'Em Watcha Got'.
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17/08/2012 08:33:00

Here we go, same old wolves fans moan moan moan, if they supported the club as much as they moan then we might do something, the club as done what the so called fans wanted, a clear out so get of there backs and er do what you are supposed to do SUPPORT your team through thick and thin, good riddence to Kightly,Jarvis and Fletcher and Conner going is a huge plus and maybe Stale will now pick his team instead of the dross left us by Mick, I watched the game against Northampton and saw in the second half enough to get exited about and then came Cardiff and the inclusion of Micks dross and lo and behold more mistakes, those players are not up to what Stale wants they are inept but I have every confidence that this guy will get it right and get in the players who can play his way, Molinuex has not been a fortress since the seventies and teams know that all they have to do is keep us quiet for 15 mins and off we go our wonderful fans get on there backs and boo at half time, change takes time but I doubt the fans will give it that time, Stale has got great ideas so support him and his team through thick and thin and shed the label of being fickle fans, I have not booed a wolves team in 42 years and i am not starting now, it has never helped and it never will as our team do not relish playing at home and the fans should be ashamed of this, I understand there feelings and they pay there money but come on the words are support so please feel free to you dont have to come you choose to, I like many drive from Somerset and all over the country and I am sick of the boos and discontent, support your team or become a glory hunter and go elsewhere come on me babbies forever Wolves
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