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Days of Future Past

Days of Future Past

Wolves fans like dwelling on the past so the ten supporters [plus family members] would have enjoyed yesterday`s visit to the club`s museum with Kenny Jackett. If only our players had been as aware of our proud heritage, they would not have surrendered the team`s tenure in the PL and the Championship so tamely.

Of course, there`s the danger that we get so fixated with the past that we ignore the present and make the club obsolescent: a museum exhibit. Can KJ achieve something that the previous four managers proved incapable of doing? While three of them provided living proof that not all of the dinosaurs had died out at the end of the Cretaceous age of footballing tactics, the fourth found himself saddled with a bunch of dinosaurs on the pitch. And nasty, avaricious ones to boot. Hopefully, attitudes will change. As KJ stressed yesterday, "It`s fantastic for future signings that they can come here and see the type of traditions and the history that the club has."

Ironically, progress will only be made if the team looks forward, eschews fossilized tactics and embraces the fundamentals of the modern game. We've had enough of the outdated, hoofball version that we have sadly become accustomed to at Molineux. According to one of yesterday`s visitors, KJ is about to change all that, observing that, "I like his philosophy of going all-out attack". However, to succeed, we need skilful players, who can control the ball, pass accurately and move into space. In addition, defenders have to defend and strikers score goals.

Ironically, many of us actually argued that the meteor strike of relegation would prove to be a blessing if it forced into extinction the overpaid, underperforming pea-brained dinosaurs at Molineux. If they will continue to haunt us as fossils in the club`s online photo-gallery, which suggest that we still possess such rare species hardly ever glimpsed on the pitch as Mujangi Bia and JVD, they will no longer be roaming wild around the ground in person.

It`s the opportune moment to inaugurate a change of mentalité at the club. We should remember that, as in the city`s motto, 'Out of Darkness cometh Light`, so the apocalyptic night that wiped out the dinosaurs will bring about the dawn of recovery for our once great club. Fortuitously, the green shoots of renewal are already apparent in the current crop of talented youngsters. Less set in their ways and hungry for success, they can adapt to the requirements of the modern game. Even more importantly, they want to play for the club, unlike migratory predators such as O'Hara and Johnson, who never turned up in their head.

MM, TC and DS, denizens of another age, could not turn the fortunes of the club round and SS, who could have succeeded, did not have the time. It needed the big bang and the arrival of a manager, who combined an appreciation of the best of the club`s fossilized past and the skill to recreate it. Further requirements included the ability to deal with the fat cats on the board, the basking sharks in the dressing room, the young cubs on the training ground and the baying hyenas in the stands. In KJ we may have found the ideal ringmaster.

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Date:Friday June 14 2013
Time: 9:42AM


I don’t like dwelling on the past.That’s the preserve of those from the 50s.We wouldn't have been relegated if the players knew we had won the league title 60 years ago? Really? Wow, that's one hell of an opening gambit. I'm not sure how you came by that conclusion.So, a coach that hasn't taken a single training session has already done a better job than Mick?If Mick McCarthy doesn't end up in our Hall of Fame (let alone the museum) then something has gone seriously wrong somewhere. Yes, he was limited. Yes, he took the professional Yorkshireman persona to pathetic heights, but to dismiss what he did for us with the total lack of respect you have shown him is an absolute disgrace. If KJ does anywhere near as good a job for us as Mick did, we'll all be dancing (ok, maybe only in our minds) in the streets. And if you think any player signing for us, or presently on our books, gives one, let alone two, flying f**** what happened here 60 years ago then i'd be delighted if you could point them out for me. I grew up in the 70s listening to how great things used to be. How King John,The Doog, Kenny, Munro et al (and latterly in the 80s Bully) weren't fit to lace the boots of the hoofball merchants (oh, the irony!) of the 50s. To be quite honest, i'll be quite glad when I don't have to hear it ever again. All the best, KJ, as a Wolves fan I wish you all the luck in the world- with the dinosaurs who think nothing can ever match what's gone before- and those much younger IN ALL FOUR SIDES OF THE GROUND, who have been brought up on that bulls***- you're gonna need it!
15/06/2013 23:47:00
At last, a reaction! Spending the last three weeks struggling to write copy with an angle and an opinion in the face of a tide of indifference, has made me appreciate Akela’s stoicism and fortitude. Even so, Wondering Wolf, for a thoughtful bloke, I am surprised that you have so spectacularly missed the point I was making. Did you not recognise the leitmotif of the post? At least, it prompted a response. I do remember the 1950s and I do think that players should be aware of a club’s history, especially one as glorious as ours, when they join. It should strengthen their resolve, though, like you, I am cynical enough to realise that it usually comes a lot lower than negotiated income. But, aren’t we trying to sell off our underperforming, overpaid mercenaries and replacing them by home-grown talent who are aware of the history of the club and want to play for us? As for living solely in the past, you obviously did not read my assertion that that’s precisely what we should not be doing. On another point, I am surprised to learn that you are a rampant MM fan, to the extent that you misinterpret my assessment of him in the context of the theme of the post. We should be grateful to MM for getting us back into the PL but he would be remembered with greater affection, had he gone at the end of our second season there, if not after the first one. As a PL manager, he was a dinosaur. So am I, according to your opinion because you think that I place the alleged hoofball tactics of the fifties over the silky play of JR et al. Had you been there, you would have realised that Cullis’s tactics were far more sophisticated than that. Nonetheless, you do make a valid point in relation to KJ. Unlike MM, he has yet to prove his worth to us. He may turn out to warrant a mere footnote in the history of our club and little space in the club’s museum. You appear to be in two minds about him: one the one hand, castigating me for placing him above MM but, on the other, complaining that I am unfairly measuring him against the ‘dinosaurs’ of the past. If you had read my previous posts, you would have realised that my initial suspicions of KJ have gradually given to a greater appreciation of his qualities ... and, in this respect, I seem to be reflecting the opinions of most fans, including you, I suspect. It is refreshing to hear KJ speak of his pride at joining such a great club, one which might be languishing far away from the PL at the moment, but which does possess the potential to regain its former status. More to the point, I believe that he does possess the twin attributes required to be a successful manager- awareness of the modern game and good interpersonal skills- and that in both respects he is a better manager than MM. Of course, only time will tell and I will withhold judgement until his actions match his words. However, as you say, for KJ to succeed, we have to give him our full support. At least, we can agree on that.
16/06/2013 08:50:00
Well, I don't remember the 50's, 60's and barely remember the 70's so I clearly don't fall into the category of Dinosaur. It's true that we do tend to look at the past but the fact is, we are where we are for a reason. Poor management from all quarters combined with overpaid players with zero loyalty to the club. The latter is sadly part of the modern game. I too believe that had SS been given more time, that he may have turned the club around but it was never gonna be an overnight miracle. I also thank MM for what he did but I also think he should have been sacked after Hunty scored the goal to keep us up. Can KJ turn around our fortunes.....time will indeed tell. Once he cuts out the rot then he needs to sow the seeds of a bright future by bringing through the young hungry players. I, like any sane fan hopes he can achieve this.
16/06/2013 19:49:00
I agree with all of you, the past has gone but one cannot forget the great times, my first season was 1970 and when you see a Dave Wagstaffe ripping teams apart and then putting in a pinpoint cross for the Doug to nod down to Richards to score it was sublime, the question always asked is are the present lot good enough to fill those players shirts and the answer is no thats why we think back, if i was a player i would like to think that i would be worthy of the shirt on my back, all teams have it cantona to name one, beckam etc that is why i am proud to be a wolves fan the history of it all, we took british football into europe we paved the way and we beat them at there game so yes we must intasll at all cost what its like to play for the WOLVES, Man u do it and they were nothing compared to us the problem is we were denied the chance to go forward when at our peak by the council when in i think 1960 they turned down our application for a 70,000 all seater stadium so yes i think back because those days filled me with joy and i pray that our young boys will make us proud again from darkness cometh light
20/06/2013 20:35:00
sorry should say install
20/06/2013 20:42:00
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