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Yes, my assessment is that a poor side will not beat Newcastle at their place and that we looked damned good. So many new players will take time to bed in and adjust, but if this is what they can so, then it’s looking very good. Furthermore, there will be the expectation from the club that loans us players that they will get to play sometimes, and a squad rotation system will accommodate this. A little more patience would not go amiss.
And I do not want Steve Bruce as Wolves manager.
DvW – you said ‘when’ and not ‘if’ – but I have to admit that at this stage I share your optimism. I can’t remember being this excited about our prospects for years. We’ve actually SPENT DECENT MONEY ON PLAYERS.
We have got as tiny a squad as MM had after Hoddle left, maybe even smaller. Did anyone demand that MM got us a top six finish when he started – no, we would have been happy to stave off relegation! That season MM was ‘Merlin’, so if Zenga gets us a playoff spot a grudging ‘well that was what he was brought in to do’ will not do. Give him a chance and if he fails then say your piece, eh? Being frank, Steve Morgan has been, in terms of players, asset stripping the club whilst improving the balance sheet prior to selling, so let’s not let him off the hook as he’s cut us down to the bare bones, not Fosun or Zenga.
That sums it up nicely, Veblen. Let’s get behind the club and not prejudge the issues/personalities.
I’ve been out of the country for a week, but a couple of loans and short term contracts – and God knows we needed bodies! – can’t be such a bad thing! Until this we were looking favourites for relegation with an owner who had deep pockets and short arms so we’re on the right track. I have to say I’m sad Kenny has gone, but the majority wanted him out and if we’re going to attract top players I suppose we need a ‘name’ manager; note how the signings largely followed Zenga’s appointment. Finally, our owners are big fish and wouldn’t be worth what they are without some serious nous – I don’t buy the ‘Mendes is my friend’ line either; we can’t be sure who is using who.
Anyhow, calm down chaps and enjoy the next spin on the roller coaster: it might even be a spectacular success – about time we had one.
I guess being one of the favourites for relegation a while back must have helped too.
Five to eight new players and money no problem? Hell, guys, we have to be optimistic – even though it might not be in the Wolves DNA!
I agree, knotter, he sounded a happy man. To be fair, I don’t see that anyone else suggested so far would be that much better and if Mendes doesn’t have a backup for Lopetegui then Kenny deserves a shot. To judge him on last season is really unfair, when he had his best players sold from under him and given cheap makeweights as all of his suggested targets went elsewhere; it must have been like trying to complete a game of patience with about four cards missing from the pack.It would show us all what he could do with a realistic budget – and alternatives like Bruce have shown they don’t spend too wisely.
I can’t see any point in appointing a British manager if Mendes is going to be of any use. All of the Portugese players we’ve been linked to would have been attracted by a manager they knew of and could take the club to the heights – that wouldn’t be Bruce or Martinez. Think about the young lads that might have come on board via Mendes – young lads with their way to the first team blocked, another just back from injury and no place in the team and yet another who had not settled after a big money transfer. These would have been great loans to get us up when Mendes could have got us bigger fish to fry alongside the spry from the academy. I’m a big fan of Jackett, but I expect him to be fired and replaced by an Iberian manager.
Still, I’m often wrong and we’ll all have to wait.
I know exactly how you feel, dvw – I thought we’d get the announcement of the sale along with new manager, players etc and hit the ground running so It’s a hiatus for me. I know I wanted too much, but there were such strong rumours it would happen and now it hasn’t. Clearly Morgan is happy with the deal, I just hope and pray it’s as good for the club, but we’ll have to wait and see. Certainly we can’t go into the new season with a squad this paper-thin, though…can we?
Between us I think we’ve covered all the angles. Personally, I’ve been disgusted by the behaviour and attitudes towards the fans shown by Morgan and Moxey and very much hope they’ll both be history soon. As for being owned by a billionaire? Well as long as he spends some cash (well) on the team, I’ll be delighted as it’s obvious (rightly or wrongly) that that’s what even Championship clubs need to do in order to compete. However, the squad is down to bare bones and whilst players are going (even KMac is supposed to be off now) none are yet coming in. This deal needs to be done quickly and purchases made asap, as even if we go on a spree now, we’re still going to start the season with a team of strangers.
However, it seems likely(!) we’re going to get all we might have wished for in the new owner so let’s get ready to get excited about the new season – and have a good moan too. It’s a hell of a ride being a Wolves fan.
Well it’s looking like it might really happen. I will be sorry if Jackett has to go as he’s done all he can with what he’s been given. However, I wouldn’t mind much if Thelwell went and would be dancing in the street if Moxey got his P45. Hmmmm… we’ll soon find out.
Give Jack Price a new contract.
It would be great to think we could sign some replacements, but we know all we’ll get is bargain basement kids from the lower leagues, most of whom we’ll have to move on in a couple of years because they’re not that great, and if any make it we’ll sell them to bigger clubs. I am sick of this.
Agbonlahor? Cheikh M’Bengué? These are the big stars we’ve been linked with – and we know Morgan will buy nobody anyway, even now we’ve sold Afobe.
It makes me sick.
I’m sticking with Kenny. He’s made a damned good fist of it considering he hasn’t got control over who he gets – insofar as he’s likely to get the tenth on his wish list rather than the first – and if he’d been backed properly last season we’d have been in the Prem by now. If we get Williamson the defence should settle down as every time we get attacked the rest of the team must fear the worst and a bit of confidence there, as we have seen, works wonders. We will lose Afobe but that was always on the cards after we’d missed out on promotion last year, and hopefully we can get a ‘good enough’ centre forward In Jan to replace him.
I still blame Morgan’s appalling timing, temperament and lack of footballing nous, as well as Moxey’s ultra-conservative approach to the finance of the club. We have to remember that we are in limbo now because Morgan has made his money back and wants a profit to spend after his break-up; this is another example of his awful sense of timing and his self-obsessive nature, brought on by the fans’ natural response to the fiasco he brought about by effectively promising to replace Sako then chickening out.
Will we get a worse or better chairman once Morgan has gone? Who knows, but he’s made his decision. Would we get a better manager than Kenny if we got rid of him? I don’t think so, and there is no compulsion for him to go.
I’m angry and upset and fear Reading (whom I dislike a lot after that 2-1 win in time added on years back, and the obscene gloating that followed) might thrash us, but my New Year’s wish is that Kenny gets what he wishes for.
Sako should never have been allowed to go. It took so long for him to find a club that Morgan had plenty of time to pay more to hang onto him. It would have been an excellent investment. Of course he DIDN’T and made a complete liar out of Moxey – “We bought Bakary Sako for £2.5m and he’s running out of contract so we have to replace him. Now to do that, inevitably, we’re going to have to spend money on buying players.
That’s the gig and our owner understands that. It comes at a price, but we’re willing to do that.” Without all his assists as well as goals we have suffered, as has Afobe. Dicko’s injury was just a another disaster. We may as well write off this season (as long as we stay up) and hope for an owner who knows wtf they are doing, doesn’t have SM’s appalling sense of timing or petulant temper and knows just a bit about how to run a football club. Whether or not we can keep our best players will depend on finding a new owner who shows the same ambition as the players. Otherwise, we’ll have to start pretty much from scratch.
I am completely lacking in optimism, I admit.
Marcin Wasilewski, Adrian Mariappa and Ryan Bennett have been suggested as loans but I know nothing about them.
In addition, look how we are doing without Dicko? Maybe we can hang onto him, but for two seasons in a row now he has been injured and we’ve suffered. What possible ‘footballing reason’ could there have been for selling Stearman? The short-sighted idiocy of that decision is now clear. Why have we sent all these players (setting aside their quality for the moment) out on loan when we need competition for places and actually players to cover for the positions that we have problems with? Why was Evans sent out on loan at all? What the hell is KJ’s problem with Jack Price? We now need to plan for next season without Afobe, Hause and Iorfa at least and Morgan has vanished and any prospect of investment has gone until he sells up. The tsunami meets the typhoon, and is closely followed by a hurricane.
With the club on the market and, in spite of whatever he might say, Morgan reluctant to spend another brass farthing on the team, it looks like the ‘rudderless’ mentality has transmitted itself to the team. To be absolutely fair to KJ he hasn’t been given much latitude with purchases which all have to be young/cheap/loaned so until he does get his way I reserve judgement on him. If only he’d been allowed to buy Callum Wilson we would have been in the Prem and been able to keep Sako. £3 million brilliantly spent that would have been, and we got Clarke.