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Craddock Connundrum

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
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
20/08/2007 11:03:00
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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
20/08/2007 11:07:00
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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
20/08/2007 11:17:00
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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
20/08/2007 13:26:00
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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
20/08/2007 13:58:00
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I would have preferred to see the signing of a new pacy CB before considering the loaning out of Jody...
astraltrader
20/08/2007 14:05:00
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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
20/08/2007 14:10:00
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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
20/08/2007 15:03:00
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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
20/08/2007 15:33:00
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and where the ***** is Paddy. Has he given up after 4 weeks the big cock muncher
WolfMan75
20/08/2007 15:38:00
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