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Craddock Connundrum

So Monday rolls round again and there is still one subject dominating conversations within Olofin Towers.

In a five day period that has seen Freddy eastwood bag a brace, Wolves notch two victories, and a contender for Wolves Goal Of The Season, there is crtainly much to discuss.

But none of those events, least not directly, is the subject currently being discussed.

The question still hanging in the air revolves around Mick McCarthy's decision to allow Jody Craddock to join Stoke in what may be a season long loan.

This may well signal the end of the former captain's Wolves career, following a season where he did more than his bit to earn Wolves crucial points at key stages in the season, ending with a career high goals tally.

His removal from the squad list on the clubs official site would seem to back this up.

No one here would try to second guess Mick McCarthy's reasoning, or doubt his wisdom in how he manages his squad.

But there are whisperings calling into question the decision to release Wolves one and only goalscoring centreback whilst retaining the services of others.











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Writer: Stuart Smith Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 20 2007

Time: 9:58AM

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Whisperings from who? I know this site loves Jody but get a grip. Breen and Ward have made themselves 1st choice, and whilst they have played together we havn't conceded a goal. Collins, Edwards and Craddock are all the back up. Collins and Edwards have time on their hands and Jody is 32 and wants 1st team football. So a loan deal was set up, he may well leave but if Breen is out for a period of time and any of the other 3 pick up knocks Jody will be back. He may well score the odd goal but he also costs us goals, like he did v Bradford with his awful attempt to head the ball.
WolfMan75
Opinion is very much divided on the individual merits of our two senior centre backs, and the decision to loan one of them out. This article reflects that.
Stuart Smith
No the article is saying "Why oh why have we let him go". Answer - Because he is not currently in the 1st team because Breen and Ward are. Whilst Breen and Ward have been playing we havn't conceded a goal. So it is then down to who is on the bench as back up. Edwards and Collins get the nod because they can do a job if required at full back (not perfectly but decent enough). This leaves Jody as 5th choice. He wanted 1st football and MM helped him. If this is the end of his Wolves career then farewell and thanks to Jody. He may score goals but I would prefer a defender who can defend and not switch off.
WolfMan75
I can only go on the mails I recieve, the other fans I talk to, and comments made elsewhere. It's obvious that he has gone to table topping Stoke because of lack of opps at Wolves. What many are questioning is that very lack of opportunities, particularly when it comes to a straight Craddock/Breen choice.
Stuart Smith
Breen and Ward impressed Mick more than Craddock, Collins and Edwards did during the pre-season. training and playing. Not difficult to understand is it. He didn't start the season because of that and due to the fact Edwards/Collins can play in the full back positions he wasn't on the bench. He played v Bradford and he scored 1 and *****ed up for 1. He was down the pecking order due to the form of others Nothing to bloody question really. everyone I have spoken to can see the reasons behind it, even the ones who don't really rate Breen.
WolfMan75
I would have preferred to see the signing of a new pacy CB before considering the loaning out of Jody...
astraltrader
What is the fascination with a pacy centre half. Only 1 striker caused us problems last season with his pace and that was Kamara. I would rather have 2 solid centre halfs that can read the game.
WolfMan75
Breen was immense the first half of last season, and then not so impressive in the second, and I think it's THAT causing some debate over the loan. Not Mick's reasoning. Everyone can see that he prefers his old lieutenant in the trenches. He's gone on record saying he finds it painful to leave him out. What more than a few have questioned is that loyalty. He's the gaffer, he picks the team. Not everyone would have the same blind faith regarding first names on teamsheets
Stuart Smith
Ah the old Breen myth. Breen got suspended last season and Jody was injured so in came Rob Edwards and Neill Collins. They played so well Breen couldn't even get in the team and Jody found himself on the bench. If we had stayed injury free thats how the team would have stayed until the season ended. As it happens, Potter got suspended and Mark Davies was ill. Henry had to move back into the middle then he did his spleen then Edwards got crocked. This meant Breen and Craddock finished the season in the centre. Then during the pre-season Ward and Breen impressed more and started. Breen has started the season well and so has Ward. If Breen hit a patch of bad form he would be out. I really fail to see why people would cry over him going out on loan. If we need him we have a fully match fit and ready player. If we don't and 4 other centre halfs impress no great loss
WolfMan75
and where the ***** is Paddy. Has he given up after 4 weeks the big cock muncher
WolfMan75
and one more point - Olofin Towers. Is that meant to be funny?? oh hahahahahahahaha. Cringeworthy
WolfMan75
Hey. it's my house, I'll call it what I like.
Stuart Smith
Its a gay name that makes people laugh at you........not with YOU but AT YOU
WolfMan75
I detect from the general tone of your withering contributions that you are more used to contributing to sites where abuse is regularly passed off as an opinion?
Stuart Smith
Not at all. I am used to sites where the opinions are generally not posted by idiots.
WolfMan75
I'm assuming here that you think you have friends in high places to be hurling abuse at a site editor?
Stuart Smith
I know someone who lives in the 27th floor of a high rise.
WolfMan75
I know sombody who lives on the 28th floor. this was a good artical well done stu
gazey
Gimp
WolfMan75
It would be in your interest to show a bit more respect to Site authors, editors, and other members Wolfman75
Stuart Smith
Laughable response. Do people really get this upset when people don't agree with them. I know you love you Jody and all but boy you don't half over react
WolfMan75
Differing opinions are actively encouraged Wofman, personal attacks are something else. Feel free to disagree with anyone, thats what the site is here for, and a diversity of views will always be encouraged, but name calling and insults arent. And the best way to get Paddy to write articles ISNT to accuse him of slacking when he has more on his plate than sharing his views with the masses. Ever thought of contributing wolfman?
Stuart Smith
If you think that is abuse please never go outside, Please As already mentioned I do contribute to this site
WolfMan75
 

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