Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Shrewd Deals Pay Dividends

Shrewd Deals Pay Dividends

Mick McCarthy's nose for a bargain has once again turned into the sweet smell of success.

Denied the astronomical budgets of his predecessors, McCarthy is proving, that it doesn't take a million pounds to find a talent, if you know what you're looking for.

At £25,000 Michael Kightly may be the cheapest of the lot, but his goal yesterday was as valuable as any scored this season, securing Wolves fourth straight win, a feat not achieved by a Wolves side since 2002.

And he isn't a fluke, by any stretch of the imagination.

A quick scan of the current squad throws out a string of shrewd deals that has enabled McCarthy to exceed all expectations, and have his side genuinely considered play off, if not promotion candidates.

Four back to back wins have coincided with the introduction of Neill Collins at the heart of defence, a snip at £150,000.

Karl Henry, deputising as captain, and currently filling the right back spot with aplomb a mere £100,000

Darren Potter, man of the match against Leeds, £250,000, Stephen Ward whose 3 goals have helped land 7 of the last 13 points, £150,000, and Michael MCIndoe, another £250,000 bargain.

Amongst that list, Andy Keogh's £600,000 from Scunthorpe looks like a kings ransom.

£1.5 million spent, a sum previous manager frequently splashed out on one man to secure 6 signings who have all had a massive impact since arriving at the club.

Of course no one gets it right all the time. There are still question marks over Jay Bothroyd, albeit over attitude rather than ability.

Jemal Johnson failed to live up to his potential, but this isn't the first club he has played for that can say that.

And Craig Davies has still to convince that he can compete for a place in Mick McCarthy's long term plans.

But it could be argued that the trio's failure to make an impact at Molineux lies more at their feet than the managers.

If Wolves season DOES end up being one ending on euphoric celebration, it will be a monumental team effort all round.

But when the pundits start looking for reasons to Wolves remarkable about turn in fortunes, they will to a man point the finger at Mick McCarthy's ability to buy diamonds on a costume jewellery budget, and then set them in old gold without breaking the bank.





Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


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

Writer:Stuart Smith
Date:Sunday February 25 2007
Time: 7:09PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Wolves Articles

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Wolves Bite - Nottingham Forest 1 Wolves 1

A familiar outcome was seen by Wolves at Nottinghm Forest with the points shared following a nil-nil draw making it six draw from the last nine-matches we've played.

Who Will Wolves Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Forest Frustration For Jackett

Head coach Kenny Jackett was again left talking about his frustrations following the draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

DJWolves
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Forest MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Ikeme51%
Doherty0%
Iorfa0%
Batth0%
Deslandes0%
Wallace0%
Coady12%
Edwards0%
Saville0%
Henry0%
Mason37%
Sub - Hause0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 45 25 15 5 90 34
2 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
3 Brighton 45 24 16 5 88 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 45 21 15 9 78 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 45 13 18 14 57 -1
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship