Stale doomed to fail

Wednesday 9th January 2013 12:33

Solbakken: inherited lots of problems

Solbakken: inherited lots of problems

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Wolves FanZoner Karl Sears says the players must take some of the blame for Stale Solbakken's sacking.

Poor results not soley down to Wolves manager

Well, it happened. Solbakken has been sacked but, in truth, Stale's reign turned stale a long time ago.

The Luton result was the proverbial straw, but for me things reached an all-time low after the Ipswich game. The Peterborough game wasn't much better and the defeat at Palace crowned off a pretty awful run of festive results.

I have sympathy for Solbakken, and I think that most Wolves fans will. He inherited a team that was pretty awful and had to deal with injuries, poor form and levels of confidence so low that it was off the scale. That said, the Ipswich game was the worst performance that I'd ever seen by any team at any football stadium ever. Solbakken hasn't been great, but the players have been just as bad.

So Stale leaves with my best wishes, and Dean Saunders arrives needing a quick start.

From the impression I get from other fans, Saunders isn't exactly their first choice: little experience in the Championship and not exactly a name to get the pulse racing. Decent job at Wrexham, good job at Doncaster, but can he do it at Wolves?

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Saunders will find himself under pressure pretty early on. Things can't get much worse, but the fans will expect an improvement immediately, and with performances as bad as they have been recently, that could be easier said than done. There are strikers that can't score, defenders that can't defend and 28,000 fans inside Molineux to impress.

Dean has the massive help of key players returning from injury. Jamie O'Hara and Slawomir Peszko have both seen game time recently, and having Jake Cassidy back from Tranmere could be a great move - no-one in the Wolves squad has more goals this year.

Perhaps the most important thing was the speed of this appointment, for more reasons than one. Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey desperately needed to save face by learning lessons from the Mick McCarthy/Terry Connor debacle, so appointing a new manager in 24 hours was good from that perspective. They hired and fired within in the space of one efficient day. It could be argued that enough time wasn't given to interview more candidates, but let's trust that M&M know what they're doing.

But there's also the added boon of getting a new man in at the start of the transfer window and giving Saunders as much opportunity as possible to get his own team in. There's talk amongst Wolves fans of a complete overhaul of the squad, but I think that may be a little hasty.

Saunders will take charge for the first time against Blackburn on Friday night, and here's hoping that he can pull off one of those 'new manager' results - a win would be a great achievement.

Operation 'Avoid Relegation and Anything else is a Bonus' starts this week.

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