Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Building Bridges to the Fans

Building Bridges to the Fans

In an interview yesterday our new manager prioritized the task of re-establishing good relations between the players and the fans. In this respect, he didn`t go far enough because many of us would set poor management at the top and an inept and spineless coaching team alongside the lazy, uncommitted and self-centred players as reasons for our precipitous decline.

However, it`s a start and one which he has backed up with positive action. For instance, he has emailed all season holders, individually inviting them to apply to accompany him on a tour of the club`s museum. A nice touch, it also aligns him with our glorious history. He`ll also be living in our midst, that is, if he can find a place big enough in the Wolverhampton area to soak up all the money he will receive from the sale of his house in St. Albans. He can get the Express & Star delivered to his door too.

Of course, it`s one thing to recognize a problem and another to solve it. Even knowing the solution- success on the pitch- is not completely under his control. Apart from the Herculean task of motivating a bunch of demoralized and/or disruptive players, he has to work within the ... er ... straitjacket of the board`s restrictive guidelines. Not only will it be difficult for him to offload the overpaid, underperforming and troublesome 'stars`, he will also have to fill the gaps on a tight budget.

At least, he has a partial solution to hand, in the shape of an excellent crop of youngsters, who will surely have a major influence on determining our fortunes next season. Ironically, it`s the ideal time and situation for them to come to the fore. And they will, unless, as in the case of Doherty, Davis, Forde, Cassidy, McAlinden and, especially, Batth, previous mismanagement has alienated them from the club.

It`s what we have been demanding for some time but, by itself, giving youth its head will not guarantee success. Indeed, if we could not keep our place in the Championship in spite of the 'quality` of our squad, what can be guaranteed in the footballing world? Moreover, we need to blend a degree of experience with the exuberance (and impetuosity) of youth. Of the old guard, only Hunt showed the attributes of skill, determination and commitment that is needed for a suitable role-model ... and he`s leaving. Personally, I would extend his contract so useful could prove to us. After all, he won over the fans with his positive approach and incredible work-rate.

If KJ is worried about the response of the fans to the calamitous events of the past two or three years, he is probably mostly concerned about the attitude of the crowd in the Jack Harris Stand, the resort of the infamous South Bankers. The fans on the stand`s 'terracing` (I legitimately stood behind the goal there in the 1950s) are both the embellishment of the club and its bugbear. Reacting to events on the pitch in basic Pavlovian terms, they raucously sing the team`s praises when it is winning but boo or shout abuse as soon as things start to go wrong.

Without wishing to bash those supporters, whose passion for the club is undeniable, their response to the shortcomings displayed weekly on the pitch did aggravate the problem. For all the inflated incomes, players like RJ and JOH are really sensitive individuals who need to be nurtured. One should only show dissent if one feels that the players are not trying ... um ... no,really, it is counter-productive to boo.

In a sense, the South Bankian view of events offers a distorted picture of the reaction of the fans as a whole because the atmosphere there is so heated and the crowd so strident that the noise drowns out the sedate clapping and the mild rebukes that emanate from the people around me in the Billy Wright Stand, for instance. It's our fault. The whole of Molineux should reverberate to a constant Sladian 'wall of sound`, urging the team on to greater endeavour. Then, we could drown out the boos ... or, better still, intimidate the opposition and improve the chances of a victory. As KJ admits in his message to the season ticket holders, the club needs the wholehearted support of fans if the team is to succeed.

Unfortunately, fans` attitudes are not only shaped by the current fortunes of the team but also by an awareness of our club`s illustrious history. It affects me. I personally witnessed the golden age of WWFC in the 1950s from my vantage point behind the goal on the South Bank, with occasional reallocation to the stand to watch the likes of Honved, Spartak and Real Madrid. When Swinbourne scored the winner against Honved in December 1954 one ten-year old boy got so excited that he jumped up and down and broke his seat.

Even so, I am a privileged supporter because for most fans the experience of following WWFC is one of declining fortunes, interrupted by rare highlights and false dawns. And, yet they, as well as me, cling to the notion that we are a great club and that we should rightfully be playing in the PL. Regrettably, it fuels our resentment of the team or certain individuals when things go wrong, as they have spectacularly done so recently.

Nonetheless, we are a great club and I say this not just because of our history or because I am a lifelong supporter of my local team. We could be great again: we have the fan-base, a modern stadium, excellent training and medical facilities and elite Academy status. Our name alone sets us apart from the run-of-the-mill teams, though we do have to temper our pride with a dose of reality.

We might even have unearthed a manager, who could start the revival. He`s trying to improve relations with the fans and he should be given a real chance to turn our fortunes round. Please give him time: don`t criticize him at the first set-back. I only hope that the board (aka JM and SM) adopt a more positive attitude to KJ than they have shown towards previous managers, facilitating the regenerative process by expediting the departure of the underperforming players and backing him up with the funds he needs to improve the squad. Well, I live in hope.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:southbank60
Date:Wednesday June 5 2013
Time: 6:42PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Wolves Articles

Wigan Frustration For Zenga

Head coach Walter Zenga has spoken of his frustration at seeing Wolverhampton Wanderers lose the game against Wigan Athletic late on yesterday evening.

Stats: Wigan v Wolverhampton Wanderers

All the stats from Wigan (2) vs (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers, DW Stadium, 27/9/16 Att: 10,723

Wigan v Wolves - Team Sheets

Wigan Athletic are at the DW Stadium with Wolverhampton Wanderers the visitors today, this is a 7.45pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Teixeira In Team Of The Week (27/9/16)

Wolverhampton Wanderers are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

DJWolves
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wigan MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Ikeme44%
Doherty0%
Iorfa0%
Batth0%
Silvio0%
Edwards0%
Saiss0%
Oniangue14%
Costa42%
Cavaleiro0%
Brito Teixeira0%
Sub - Gladon0%
Sub - Saville0%
Sub - John0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 10 6 2 2 20 5
3 Newcastle 10 6 1 3 19 11
4 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
5 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
6 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
7 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
8 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
9 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 5:30PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 15 2016 5:30PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 5:30PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 12:30PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.johnwolf7
2.Jack Russell1
3.2648anil1