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Gordon Strachan linked with Wolves

It hasn't been a great couple of days for Ståle Solbakken. Yesterday he woke up to the news that his car had been vandalised and today he wakes up to reports of his possible replacements at Molineux.

There has been nothing to suggest from the Wolves hierarchy that Solbakken is under pressure for his job, although reports in Express & Star about the players being unhappy about his tactics, might suggest that he has possibly lost the dressing room.

The report said that the players had queried why Bakary Sako hasn`t been substituted when clearly tired and the use of zonal marking.

Solbakken obviously denied the reports, telling Wolves Official Website: "We had an open dialogue, which is normal, and it was nothing to do with a lot of the reasons mentioned in this report.'

The key phrase there is 'a lot of the reasons', which would indicate that perhaps, some of the report may have been accurate.

But of course we don't know the context in which the team meeting was taken, if players are shouting and asking questions, then there is an issue. If it's a quiet thoughtful, brainstorming exercise then it would perhaps indicate good team unity with players caring about the situation they are in.

We simply do not know, but many would suggest that there isn't smoke without fire.

The Daily Express certainly seem to think so and they have linked Gordon Strachan with a move to Wolves.

The former Celtic manager is the current favourite for the Scotland job, but according to the paper: 'it is understood the former Celtic boss will be in the running for the Molineux post if results don`t improve under Solbakken'.

With a difficult week behind him, Solbakken will be really hoping his side can turn around a run of nine games without a win away to Bristol City tomorrow.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 30 2012

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

Henry also reported on twitter that it was a false report -just the E&S fabricating news AGAIN!
johnwolf
Strachan! do we really want conference league footall!
johnwolf
I wonder if it did happen would the newspaper read Stale Solsacken.... In all seriousness I think its too early to be hitting the panic button.
Patrickdoran
It is too early to pass a definitive verdict on SS, especially as there appears to be a certain amount of resistance (or an inability to adapt) to the manager's philosophy. Whatever the reason, it's clear to anyone watching the team failing to perform adequately over the past couple of months, that something has gone dreadfully wrong. Indeed, we have gone backwards. These were the issues I raised in my report of the Notts Forest game, though few people seemed to think they were important at the time, judging from the lack of response. We should give SS until the end of the season at least if only because I am certain that there are a minimum of three worse teams than us in the division, hence we will not go down. Then, SS wil have the whole of the summer to sort things out. However, the board, especially SM and JM, have to show their support of the manager financially, that is, give him enough money to buy in players who can operate within his system ... and do it well. We need a target man (to convert Sako's crosses), an enforcer and a creative playmaker (Frimpong and O'Hara?) in midfield and at least one full back and a central defender, preferably replacements for all four positions. Naturally,we should clear the decks of all those players deemed incapable or unwilling to adapt.
Southbank60
I think if our results continue to be unacceptable [Wolves currently bottom of the table based on results over the past 10 games] then we will have to find another manager. While our current squad of players are clearly not good enough to challenge for promotion there is no question they are capable of much better results than have been achieved in our last 10 games. Therefore Solbakken has failed to get the best out of the players he inherited so the buck has to stop with him. Nevertheless Gordon Strachan is not a suitable replacement!
astraltrader
How is Stale is expected to mount a promotion push with the complete and utter dross left on by mick mcmuppet ? He is trying to instill a style of football these blokes just arent capable of... I understand it's easier to fire one manager over 11 players, but he needs to be given a chance to make the squad his. RJ has redeemed himself (partially) but I dont see another recognised defender on our books. I think the urgency is there now, so hopefully this January will see Stale replace as much of this dross as he can. The silence from the 2Ms is however deafening, and a real cause for concern.
AdMant
Admant hit the nail on the head, the majority of the players are still Mick's. I personally think it'd be too soon for a return to the EPL this season, we just simply wouldn't compete. This season is a write-off, a transitional phase. Stale needs time, I just hope we have the patience to give it to him. UTW!!
BIG TASTY
Absolutely Big Tasty and this is SB's sentiment too - this was always going to be a consolidation season, so lets give Stale the time and resource to build his squad. Perhaps we all got a little carried away when we climbed to 3rd ... but Only Sako and Dioumbia have been regularly added to micks donkeys... Give Stake time !!! PS - Skysoprts have us now down for Mcleish... I'd hate to think what would happen to HIS car ....
AdMant
As for Strachan.....do me a favour!!!!!
Rustmonkey
One look at our 5 best players this season and 3 of them will be Stales signings. That doesn't even include the injured players he bought who we haven't had chance to assess yet. Whilst it could be argued that he has tried to do so much so quickly which in the Championship is probably not the time, I still think he is the man for the job. He needs the full backing of the board to bring in players who WILL adapt to his style. IN STALE WE TRUST!!!!
Rustmonkey
Right on both counts, Rustmonkey.
Southbank60
 

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