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Who will receive Saunders chop

Who will receive Saunders chop

It's rare that a new boss can come in with a perfectly assembled squad and this Wolverhampton Wanderers squad that Dean Saunders has inherited is far from perfect.

Results have shown that it's clearly lacking quality in certain areas, but rather than looking to add to the squad during the January transfer window, Saunders will have to sell first.

Financially we are looking ok, it's one of the good things that we get from being run by Chief executive Jez Moxey and owner Steve Morgan.

Relegation from the Premier League and the loss of £30million via television revenue quite often cripples clubs, but not at Wolves.

The £16million parachute payments and the sales of Michael Kightly, Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher, which have recouped around £28million puts us on a good footing.

That said we have a bloated squad of 50 professionals and Saunders will have to wield his newly received axe to cut down the squad.

Some are more obvious than others, Adam Hammill, Eggert Jonsson, Ronald Zubar and Frank Nouble have all been linked with Molineux departures.

But according to Morgan a few more will be following them: 'We have got too many players. We actually need to slim the squad down by seven, eight maybe nine players in terms of numbers.' he told the Express & Star.

He continued: "That may mean over this transfer window and the next one that 13, 14, 15 players will be going out and six or seven coming in. If there`s idle hands with people out of the team, it doesn`t lead to a great atmosphere.

"We have to slim down the squad, so if you see five or six players leave, don`t assume there will be five or six coming in."

That kind of turnover of players in addition to the changes over the summer will of course mean another period of uncertainty at the club.

It's also a hard task for a new manager. Does Dean Saunders have the experience to deal with it? He worked under difficult circumstances at both Wrexham and Doncaster but failed really to achieve at either club.

He couldn't get Wrexham promoted back to the football league and he couldn't keep Doncaster in the Championship.

That said he is highly thought of in the game so hopefully this is less of a gamble as the appointment of Ståle Solbakken.

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Date:Tuesday January 8 2013
Time: 1:00PM


Well, Steve Bull is the first to get the chop, even if it's only the stand with his name on it. Finally, SM seems to have realised (I say 'seems' because he still has to deliver) the true order of priorities for a football club, namely, to improve the quality of the squad ... for the present and for the future.
08/01/2013 13:13:00
There is a sinister nucleus of "old boys" in the squad who seem to think they run the show... and I have no doubt played their part in getting SS sacked. They are - in no particular order Ward Stearman Foley Henry Berra Edwards SEB and I would possibly place RJ and Doyle in there too ... Until we smash this ring, and get them (or the ringleaders) down the job centre we will struggle to move forward ... So far DS is talking the talk, lets hope he walks them lot to the exit too...
08/01/2013 13:22:00
Firstly Southbank you mostly speak a lot of sense when I have read what you have to say but I dont know how ANY Wolves fan can knock Morgan n Moxey with anything related to money, dont forget Solbakken only had a fortnight once Fletcher n Jarvis had gone to get more players in, he spent £14m on 5 players for a championship team which already had 40 plus players on the books so dont tell me Morgan doesn't invest in a squad, and thats all on top of an £8m academy that needs fnancial backing year on year too, when he built the ne north bank Mick McCarthy STILL HAD £10m to spend in the January transfer window and never spent a penny so how the hell is that Morgan's fault, yes he got it wrong in the timing of McCarthy's sacking but how is that a financial decision ???? personally you want to thank your god dam stars you have a chairman that does splash the cash as no doubt Saunders will have a little war chest to splash after Solbakken unfortunately never got to see 80% of the signings he brought in !!!
08/01/2013 13:42:00
Foley Berra Jonsson Hammill Elokobi Craddock ( still on the books ) Hunt Edwards Gorman Nouble Griffiths all need to be gone, so thats 11 that could be shipped out and Saunders needs a CB / LB / CM to rival Henry and a CF , with Pescko/O'Hara/Margrieter/Mouyokolo all nearly or fully fit now competion will be better so Deano ship out them 11, bring in the 4 and just keep us up and push on next yer n I'll be happy, this season is too early to go up anyways............ ( I say that as in the summer he can ship out even more players who have let the club down this n last season i.e Doyle Blake Stearman Ward Henry )
08/01/2013 13:55:00
Its funny, as soon as those players are shipped out they will start playing brilliantly and the come back to score against us lol...
08/01/2013 14:15:00
The 'news' that the ground development is on hold is a year old. I've no idea how it's managed to get a headline at the E&S. Likewise with the development of compton (which was opposed by local residents and the staff and pupils of St Edmunds... but got given the go-ahead anyway. So much for 'consultation'). Two 'news' stories that are not new. Bearing that in mind, I don't see it as a shift in priorities within Morgan, just a reiteration of last year's statements, that he's, somehow, managed to spin as 'news'. Talking of spin, (Graeme Swann could learn a thing or two from this lot) it isn't coincidental that Saunders chose to concentrate his comments on his belief in a team ethic, fighting for the shirt and hard work. The M's will be fully aware that a sizeable number of people think that the players have been putting less than 100% into games, let alone the universe-bending 110% that the mathematical geniuses that are modern-day football folk tend to demand. 110 parts per 100 parts? Stick to kicking a balloon around a field, chaps, maths teachers have it hard enough without your help. So, as for what Morgan had to say; i've heard it before. As for what DS had to say; he said what he was thought fans would like to hear. Anyway, i've no doubt there'll be a noticeable improvement in effort from the players on friday, thereby proving they'd been holding back in previous games. I'm not sure i'll ever forgive them for that and the sooner someone (ANYONE) gets on with the clear-out we've been waiting for, the better. Now that's the kind of news i'm waiting to hear.
08/01/2013 14:23:00
SA79: I agree with much of what you say. However, the fact remains that we spent £20m on an unnecessary stand when it could have been used to fill in holes in our team, which I expect you will admit needed strengthening at the time. And, how much money has SM really spent on players when you take into consideration Sky income, parachute payments, turnstile receipts, sales and property developments? Perhaps it's just as well MM did not spend the money, if he really did have it, because he probably would have wasted it! Ironically, he snubbed one of his bargain buys, Leigh Griffiths, and look how he has flourished at Hibs. But, as Patrickdoran has just written, doesn't that often happen to ex-WW players. This suggests that something is wrong with the coaching set-up here. Incidentally, that's why I have warmed to our new manager because it looks as though he will take a real grip of the situation.
08/01/2013 14:29:00
I see that amongst the staff accompanying The Colonel from Donny is a fitness coach,does that mean Tony Daley has had the chop?
Crete Wolf
08/01/2013 15:07:00
Well... Frank Nouble certainly got the chop. he seemed like a good talent and still young.
09/01/2013 10:16:00
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