Bull - I'm A Bit Shocked
Steve Bull has admitted he's 'shocked' Paul Lambert looks as though he will become the third boss to depart Molineux in the past 10 months under Chinese Owners Fosun.
Wolves' legendary former striker Bull believes a proven Championship boss like Lambert needs to be given time to show what he can do with his own side.
Bull was quoted by the Shropshire Star: 'I'm a bit shocked to be fair. Last year was a difficult one - the new owners can in, managers came in and out, owners, players came in and out. Things just seemed like they were starting to settle.
He continued: 'Me personally, a few people have said they didn`t want him, but for me he`s a British manager who`s done it in the Championship and knows the league inside out. You need to give him the players he wants and we`ll assess it next season. You`ve got to give these guys time.'
It seems it's a matter of when and not if Lambert goes now, with Fosun reportedly lining up a replacement for Lambert, 47, before he's sacked. Bull pointed to the positives he'd seen under the Scot and how he felt Lambert needed time to 'make' and not 'buy' a side.
Adding: 'You cant buy a side - you have to make a side. We`ll see where they go now but in my opinion you need an British manager who knows the league. And after a season of upheaval and transition the club needs stability, the manager needs his own squad who knows who he wants to play week in week out. Andreas Weimann and Ben Marshall were clicking, Jordan Graham's back, you could see some positives.'
Continuity was the best way forward for the former England international.
'At this time of year you want to be signing players but there's a bit of limbo now. We went through it last year, albeit later in the summer, but it'd be nice to know who's in charge so we could get some signings in as early as possible otherwise you risk missing out on players. If they appoint someone else they'll be getting the videos out to assess the current squad as they're all on holiday and it risks another upheaval. They should be giving Lambert the money and letting him have a go.'
I'm not sure if Sky Sports is playing catch up or Sky sources have something concrete, but they report Lambert 'is unlikely to continue as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers next season.'
Again, the disagreements over Wolves' transfer policy are cited as the reason Lambert, who was keen to continue as boss, will not carry on as Jorge Mendes' role in transfers conducted is set to increase as his 'close relationship' with Fosun grows.
Sky said: 'Helder Costa was one of those recruits - and was Wolves' player of the season - but Lambert has voiced his frustrations at the lack of quality among other signings made with Mendes' guidance.
'It is understood Wolves' owners have now lost faith in Lambert, whose side won two of their last seven Championship matches, and they are considering other managers to replace him.'