Wolves Snub Steve Bruce – Appoint Connor As New Manager

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:

Pardew added:

“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.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    The last time Wolves won a Premier League match away to Newcastle was on 7 February 1959 – the day Mick McCarthy was born #nufc

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Yet we have seen Ryan Taylor play CM and Guthrie RM, and Taylor might like to think he’s a RM but passing sidewards and backwards along with the odd very deep cross doesn’t cut it for me, and means our wing play is virtually non existent as Jonas does so much defending these days it seems he’s forgotten how to attack.

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    I always find it amazing how there are so many coincidental links between the teams every week, it’s really interesting. Great bit of info GT!

  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Tommyy – Thats because we dont have any wingers.. Obertan and Jonas are both useless imo dont know how to do an actual wingers job.. Marveaux is focked.. Ben Arfa’s out of flavour and the clown wont even play him.. that means were left with R.Taylor whos a RB playing RM… Guthrie was useless playing RM didnt offer anything atall

  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Tommyy @3 – Aye mate it is pretty good how literally every single week theys something that can be compared for the teams on that very day

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    GT – true, I was looking through the training photos and there were 4 or 5 of Ryan Taylor and none of HBA. Couldn’t believe that he has this sort of pedestal he now stands on for being decidedly average. We need proper attacking wing play and HBA offers that, as well as spreading the ball cross field fantastically aswell. I just dont understand it!
    I honestly think he’s gone in the summer, and at the expense of Ryan Taylor, the Wigan wonder. Frustrating to say the very least.
    Don’t get me wrong though I think Taylor is a decent player who can come in and do a Job when needed, but to elevate him to a key role!? Come on Pardew!
    I can’t help but think we are going to shoot ourselves in the food by doing this sort of thing.

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    GT – exactly! Pretty amazing to be honest.

  • davybtoon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    There is a reason guthries has looked good n that’s bcoz he ain’t been ryt wing were he is terrible, Guthrie n rtaylor good players but I want hba on the wing if not I’d still hav obertan over Guthrie n rtaylor on the wing
    Infact I don’t even want hba ryt wing I want him left wing n Joan’s ryt wing

  • davybtoon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Gt89 agree with your opinion of our wingers still think fergie shud b getting a shot aswell

  • bills-son

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Those of you saying Guthrie was rubbish on the RW were probably saying he was rubbish full stop before his recent run of form.

    A big reason for Guthries recent form is that he is fully fit for the first time in two years. I’m not saying he’ll do brilliant RW but I wont judge him on his past appearances there but how he does now. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he did very well. He is fit, in form and full of confidence. He is also one of the best, if not the best, crossers of the ball we have.

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Davybtoon – problem with HBA on the left wing is Santon marauding forward. We would be left horrifically exposed, having said that the interplay between HBA and Santon would be beautiful! I agree though, I think Jonas right and HBA left would suit them both better.

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Well we all know the starting 11 for today anyway,
    I’d be very surprised if it was a smokescreen tbh. Shame, but we should
    Still give it a good go. Be interesting to see how effectively we break them down without any real end product in the midfield. I really think Pardew should try Ba, Cisse, HBA, Cabaye and Guti together, our most technical players (apart from Santon and Collo) They could definitely find a way through along with some fantastic football.


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