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Sacking Connor was hard call says Solbakken

Sacking Connor was hard call says Solbakken

After 13 years at Molineux, Wolves boss Stale Solbakken decided to give Terry Connor the elbow on Monday morning.

The decision was seen by many as inevitable and didn't surprise many fans once the news broke.

A new management team often comes in to a new club and brings their own ideas, their own methods on how to do things and usually their own back-room team to put in place for things to work well on the training pitch.

When a team employs a foreign coach, that back-room team is often more important. Sometimes, an older face is kept on to act as middle man, but that didn't appear to be the role that Connor was taking on and following Johan Lange being named as first-team coach, Connor's role was becoming more and more marginalised. Sitting on the bench with not a whole lot to do.

"It was obviously a very hard, very difficult decision to make, It was something in a way I tried to avoid.

"I gave it some time. I think it is very important to be dead honest.' the Wolves gaffer told the Birmingham Mail.

But whilst he found it a hard decision to make, the boss obviously stands by his decision and whilst he held nothing but praise for TC, predictably the new boss just wanted his own team around him going forward.

Solbakken added: "It was nothing to do with the person Terry Connor, nothing to do with his skills as a coach, nothing to do with his work.

"He has given one hundred per cent and has been one hundred per cent loyal. I have not a bad word to say about him, but I think that I can work better and more effective with another team around the team.

Vital Wolves Comment: Meanwhile, we still await the 'fuller tribute to Terry`s long-standing service to Wolves' on WOW which was promised to be paid in due course.

Unless the comments from Karl Henry and Matt Murray are all we are getting?

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Date:Wednesday September 5 2012
Time: 11:32AM


We knew that TC would be kept on initially to help SS familiarise himself with the players and his new surroundings. It comes as no surprise though that TC has now been given the tin-tac. Perhaps some of you saw the opening game against Leeds. The cameras pan to SS who is sitting deep in thought, TC sneaks up behind him and whispers something in his ear. SS's body language said it all. No acknowledgment at all coupled with a slight whiff of contempt. It was immediately clear to me from that point onwards that at no point was TC ever going to be considered 'part of the team' by Stale. It is the right decision though. A complete overhaul of players and staff is what's required. TC has given a lot for Wolves and should always be well received by the fans and the club. But the time is right for him to move on I feel. Sad though he had to wait till he was pushed. UTW!!!
05/09/2012 16:47:00
Connor going is a big plus as far as i am concerned, thanks for your time at wolves but goodbye, Stale must do it his way and as far as I can see the players losing us down are the ones left from Mick and Conners time and they have not got the nous to play a different style as is obvious from recent results, the only thing i am sorry about is that the board did not have the balls to get rid of Mick and Conner sooner, lets face it we had the easiest run in last season and did not win one game says it all really doesnt it, but now we have a guy who I believe will take us far and keep us there given time, but do not fret TC will be with MM when he gets a job so all ends well
05/09/2012 20:40:00
No excuses from now on, Stale. This is all your own work now son.
05/09/2012 21:27:00
He should have been asked to leave on Lange's appointment. Failing that, he should have resigned himself, for t was clear that a decision had been taken to change the very basics of Wolves' game. An orange does not turn into an apple just because it becomes necessary for it to do so.
06/09/2012 12:08:00
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