As we mentioned earlier this morning Steve Bruce appears to be the favorite to take over at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Steve Bruce and Alan Pardew before the game last January
But it seems that Wolves only want to appoint somebody until the end of the season, and some reports suggest the Geordie may still turn the job down, and that another former Sunderland manager, Roy Keane, may even be in the running.
But whoever the new manager is on Saturday, the Wolves players will want to impress the new manager in the next game, which is against Newcastle of course on Saturday afternoon.
Danny Guthrie could even keep his place for that game, after he played well deputizing for our absent central midfielders Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
Wolves will be keen (excuse the pun) to appoint their new manager before Saturday’s game at St. James’ Park, and presumably would like the appointment to be as soon as possible, so the new manager has time to work with the players this week.
And it will be similar to the QPR game, because that was Mark Hughes’ first game as the new manager, but we still managed to win that by a score 1-0, with a good opportunist goal from Leon Best.
Danny Guthrie is right when he says Newcastle will need to be on their guard on Saturday:
“We had that a few weeks ago against QPR when Mark Hughes came in,” “It always gives them an extra 10%.”
“They’re a little bit more enthusiastic and there’s a little bit more buzz about them.” “We’ll have to be careful but we’ve dealt with that this season.”
“Personally, I’d have liked the next game to have come at the weekend. You’re still dwelling on it.” “We could have got some of the fundamentals better.”
“Our start was horrendous conceding twice in the first six minutes. It was always going to be difficult after that.”
“But we’ve had a bit of rest, and we’ve got a nice home game to look forward to.”
We want to see Newcastle start this game like a steam train and with any luck we should be able to get all 3 points, and that will be a great result after the mauling we took at White Hart Lane.
And then next up is Sunderland at St. James’ Park – and that should be some game.