Writer: Stuart Smith
Date:Sunday May 6 2007
Wolves CEO Jez Moxey has handed manager Mick McCarthy a well earned vote of confidence ahead of their make or break clash with local rivals Leicester City, even if it's one McCarthy feels is premature.
"If we win on Sunday and get into the play-offs, it`s been a remarkable achievement. But if we don`t, it`s not a disaster." he told the Express this week.
A far cry from the infamous programme notes last season where he stated that failure to reach the play off's WOULD be a disaster that drew criticism from some quarters, not least of all then manager Glenn Hoddle.
Seen by some as a knee jerk reaction to a situation fast descending into farce, and at odds to later statements seeming to give Hoddle the full backing of the Board, both ended up having their desired effect, which has ultimately worked well in Wolves favour.
In giving his personal opinion on the state of on field affairs in such vociferous terms, Moxey made it plain that the size of Hoddle's failure had been near catastrophic for the club, and whilst not being singled out for individual criticism, that the former England managers ego would not be spared by keeping those thoughts entirely private.
The public support afforded Hoddle, that went as far as asking him to reconsider his arguably cowardly decision to resign on the morning of England's World cup quarter final, ensured that Wolves incurred no financial penalty for seeing the back of man who squandered the last of Uncle Jack's milions and completely destroyed the fanbase' moral, whilst never being able to accept that he himself could be held to account for any of the on-field underachievments himself.
To those that feel that in his final throes Hoddle was trying to engineer his own dismissal, and a handsome pay off from his 12 month rolling contract, that he walked costing Wolves nothing more than his final salary cheque ranks as one of Moxey's finest achievments to date.
Date:Sunday May 6 2007
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