News today that Terry Connor has been given the Wolves manager job through the end of this season.
Terry Connor – manager of Wolves through the end of the season
Terry Connor has been preparing the side for the trip to St. James’ Park today, and it seems that Wolves have given up on appointing another manager for the run-in to the season.
Connor will have 13 games to save Wolves from relegation starting at Newcastle today, and it seems the club pulled out of appointing former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, seemingly at the last moment.
Connor’s appointment will give some continuity to the Wolves side, since he was Assistamnt manager to the sacked Mick McCarthy, and he and the players know each other well.
On Thursday it had seemed that it was between two candidates – Steve Bruce and former boss Dave Jones – and the news is that Steve Bruce thought he had the job.
Steve was told it would be confirmed at a meeting yesterday morning between owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey, and that it was for an initial 13 games only, and things would be reviewed at the end of the season.
But at the meeting yesterday, the owner decided to keep caretaker manager Terry Connor in charge, and he explained his decision:
“Why should anyone at the club be embarrassed about this? We have handled this right and proper all the way through.”
“When we terminated Mick’s contract we were heading into a situation where we didn’t know what the answer was but it’s been fairly clear to us that.”
“The way the players were responding to Terry, he was the right person to take us forward.”
We have to think this is a sensible decision, and will lead to less upheaval in the playing style at a vital time of the season, and of course it’s a huge opportunity for Connor, who will have the support of all the players and fans too.
This appointment will help the Wolves’ players in today’s game at St. James’ Park, and it will not be easy for the home side, with both teams coming off a five goal hammering their last time out.
Alan Pardew know Terry Connor and had this to say yesterday:
“I have been on a coaching course with Terry. He is a top man and I know his brief in the dressing room will be ‘win it for Mick’ and we have to be on our guard for that.”
“‘You only have to listen to some of the noises coming out of their camp. Mick is well respected by that group of players.”
“Through thick and thin, he stood there and took the media rap, stuck up for those players so they will want to show that this one is for Mick, for sure.”
It will be win it for Mick and win it for Terry coming out of the Wolves dressing room this afternoon.
We can now expect Wolves to be going all out to get something out of this afternoon’s game, and the Newcastle players will certainly need to start this game a lot better than the last one at White Hart Lane, when we were four goals down after only 34 minutes and generally looked pathetic.
Newcastle owe the Newcastle fans a good display and a good win today.