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We're Still Waiting

When Akela asked me to deputise for him, I felt unequal to the task but consoled myself with the thought that at this critical moment in our history there would be plenty to write about. How wrong could I be?

The news is still dominated by our search for a new manager but, contemplating my second report, I find it difficult to add anything to the comments I made in the first one. Indeed, the board`s gone backwards with more candidates ostensibly applying for the job or, at least, being sounded out. Yesterday, the new name was Gareth Southgate.

Naturally, I agree with the basic sentiment expressed in a statement that Kevin Thelwell made yesterday. Apologizing for the delay, he stressed the need 'to conduct a thorough and rigorous process to find the right person to help take the Club forward`. He confirmed that the board has already interviewed several unnamed candidates - presumably Coyle, Jackett and McClaren among them - all of whom he deemed 'impressive and of a high quality`.

Even so, he added the rider that 'interviewing is continuing`. At this point I would like to pose the question: why? It`s one that many WW fans are asking, even supporters like me who wanted the board take its time. After all, we`re not appointing a manager in a vacuum. Other clubs, currently higher up the pecking order than us, are managerless and are fishing in the same pool of managerial talent as we are.

Today, the situation worsened when I heard Dave Whelan, the Wigan boss, say that he would allow Everton to approach Martinez (I saw DW break a leg in the 1960 Cup Final). We will feel the knock-on effect, removing one of our current 'impressive` candidates from the list and inducing delaying tactics among the others. Apart from the higher status, candidates will also be weighing up the working conditions they will face here or elsewhere. In this respect, wouldn`t you rather be employed by an owner like Dave Whelan than ours?

In a sense I am happy that we have not appointed Coyle, Jackett or McClaren for reasons I put forward in my last post. At least, we still have time to persuade Steve Davis to apply, that is, if he is not already under consideration. There`s also a rumour going round that Mr. Morgan is trying to tempt Gus Poyet to the club. I would settle for that but is it likely?

I suspect that the real reason why we have not appointed one of the 'big three` is because they have all baulked at the terms and conditions that would be imposed upon them. A cynic might argue that the 'thorough and rigorous` selection process is aimed more at getting someone in on the cheap rather than ensuring that we appoint the right person for the club. Given that our problems over the course of the past three years have largely been caused by pursuing the wrong set of priorities and a shortage of funds for team-building, it`s hard to avoid the conclusion that lessons have yet to be learnt.

Mr. Morgan still has to convince me that he is a genuine owner of a Football League club rather than a property developer half-heartedly indulging in a hobby. Now is the time to prove me wrong.

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Date:Wednesday May 29 2013
Time: 7:44AM


Mr. Morgan wants to run Wolves at a profit, so we wont get an expensive new coach with 5 assistants.
29/05/2013 11:31:00
That's the problem, johnkelv. He doesn't realise that one has to pay for one's hobby ... and be really interested in it for its own sake.
29/05/2013 12:23:00
And now Coyle is eyeing the Wigan job. we go from one extreme to the other , too fast to too slow...
gregory house
29/05/2013 13:30:00
It's obviously the South Bank's fault it's taken this long.Nothing at the club is the fault of the management, remember.I'm sure someone will be along soon to explain exactly how the South Bank is to blame...
29/05/2013 22:06:00
Now, we're shedding viable candidates for the job with Coyle the favourite to go to Wigan and Jackett likely to get the Sheffield United post. If it means that we look more seriously at Davis I won't be unhappy. Or, does the delay mean we're negotiating with Brighton over the terms of compensation for Poyet?
30/05/2013 08:31:00
We're about to find out- the bookies have removed the odds. So, it was the bloke they interviewed weeks ago then. Talk about smokescreens and mirrors. It wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't pulled this stunt before.
30/05/2013 17:36:00
Is the wait over? No comment until KJ is offically named as the manager.
31/05/2013 09:39:00
Totally underwhelming if its true and KJ has the post, for gods sake we beat Millwall at their place, and didnt this guy pay money for Keogh? Lets hope he goes to Sheffiled, but given the choice of us or them it must be a no brainer for him. I hope the E&S have it wrong....
gregory house
31/05/2013 10:06:00
By the sound of it it's just technicalities holding up the official word being given. Just get him in and set him to work on shaping a first team (I can't be the only one that has no idea what our team is) We've lost enough time already.
31/05/2013 11:26:00
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