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.






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

Wolves fans at the North End of their tether

The Molineux faithful suffered a miserable afternoon as they watched their team deservedly lose to an average Championship team in Preston on Saturday

Audio - Jackett On Preston Defeat

A disappointed and frustrated Kenny Jackett has been giving his thoughts following the defeat to Preston North End today.

Stats: Wolves v Preston North End

All the stats from Wolves (1) vs (2) Preston North End, Molineux, 13/02/16 Att: 21,204

Wolves v Preston - Teamsheets!

Wolves are at Molineux with Preston the visitors for the latest league match. This is a 3pm kick-off and the line ups have been confirmed.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

DJWolves
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Preston MotM
Suggested By:
Ikeme0%
Iorfa0%
Batth0%
Ebanks-Landell10%
Doherty0%
Coady0%
Price0%
Saville0%
van La Parra0%
Sigurdarson10%
Henry0%
Sub-Byrne0%
Sub-Mason80%
Sub-Rowe0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Hull City 30 18 5 7 59 28
2 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
3 Burnley 31 15 11 5 56 22
4 Brighton 30 15 11 4 56 10
5 Sheff Wed 31 14 11 6 53 16
6 Derby County 31 13 12 6 51 13
7 Birmingham 31 13 9 9 48 8
8 Ipswich 31 13 9 9 48 1
9 Cardiff 31 11 13 7 46 5
10 Forest 31 10 12 9 42 4
11 Preston 31 10 12 9 42 0
12 Wolves 31 10 10 11 40 -2
13 Brentford 31 11 7 13 40 -6
14 Q.P.R. 31 9 12 10 39 -1
15 Reading 31 9 10 12 37 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 31 9 8 14 35 -2
18 Fulham 30 7 11 12 32 -3
19 Blackburn 29 6 13 10 31 -2
20 MK Dons 31 8 7 16 31 -17
21 Bristol City 31 7 10 14 31 -21
22 Rotherham 31 7 5 19 26 -19
23 Charlton 31 5 10 16 25 -30
24 Bolton 31 4 12 15 24 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 12:30PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2016 7:45PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 13 2016 1:15PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.johnwolf2
2.Moxeysmate1