by Paz Bassra (@PazBassra)
After Mick McCarthy’s sacking, Wolverhampton Wanderers are on the look out for a new manager to save them from relegation. Here are the top 5 candidates:
5. Neil Warnock:
A known Premier League failure and despised by the Molineux faithful (as he is by the fans
of every club he’s not managing at that very moment).
Conclusion: Could get us straight back up if relegated, but wouldn’t be able to do part two of
the job and keep us up.
Likely Fan Reaction If Appointed: Fuck off.
4. Paul Ince:
Club legend. His 4 seasons here endeared him to the fans with his work ethic and decision-
making on the ball. Great jobs with Macclesfield and MK Dons early on in his managerial
career but his lack of experience cost him greatly at Blackburn. The general consensus is that
he deserved more than the paltry 177 days he got in the job and Blackburn panicked. Since
then he has failed down back in the lower leagues at old club MK Dons and Notts County.
Conclusion: Well-respected, and more importantly well-liked, this opportunity has come
at the wrong time for this young manager. Wolves can’t afford to hire anybody looking for
Likely Fan Reaction If Appointed: Unflinching support until we’re potentially relegated
and then if we’re not top of the Championship by November everybody will be calling for his
3. Steve Bruce:
A chequered career. He walked out on Crystal Palace and overspent to create an
under-performing Sunderland side. He went up and down with local rivals Birmingham which
exposes his lack of ability with clubs Wolves’ size. His biggest success was at Wigan where
he took them from relegation certainties to 11th in 19 months.
Conclusion: A big name but the vibe around the faithful is sceptical. He’ll want more money
for players and wages which won’t sit well with the club’s strict financial parameters. That
will be a big stumbling block in his pursuit for this job.
Likely Fan Reaction If Appointed: Has until the end of the season, and if we go down
then . . . fuck off.
2. Lee Clark:
Had a large budget for a League One side when managing Huddersfield. Reached the Play-
Off final on the back of a 25-match unbeaten run where they got crushed by the Posh Boys of
Peterborough 3-0. A 1-0 home loss to Sheffield United in a local Yorkshire derby match saw
Conclusion: Inexperienced and recently sacked. Can a club fighting for Premier League
survival take a League One reject? Clark’s next assignment will probably be in the
Championship – it may even be with Wolves next year.
Likely Fan Reaction If Appointed: We’ve decided to go down and rebuild for automatic
promotion . . . Fuck you Morgan! Where’s the immediate, short-term ambition.
1. Alan Curbishley:
Yo-Yo’d with Charlton before establishing them as a solid mid-table Premier League side.
Loves his sides to play ‘carpet football’ which will please Wanderer’s fans who like to see
Milijas and O’Hara work the ball to the plethora of wingers that can cause havoc. Curbishley
seems to be the right man on paper: managed a similar-sized club to moderate Premier
League success, can keep to a strict budget, and is vastly experienced. He kept West Ham up
and left on his own volition due to boardroom rumblings. Despite Morgan’s recent dressing-
room hair-dryer transgression, he won’t be bothered by the board on football matters at
Conclusion: The CV is a perfect fit for the job. Can I take my recruitment consultant’s cut
Likely Fan Reaction If Apppointed: Sensible choice. Give him until the end of the season.
If we go down but there is a noticeable uplift in performances then give him until Christmas
to see where we’re at. See how he deals with losing the big names and see if he can get us
automatic promotion. If he manages to keep us up then allow him the time to make the side
Overall, we’ll trust a more experienced candidate to keep us up. But times are bleak at the
Molineux and everybody is fatigued from players to fans. Mick McCarthy was fired post-
Transfer Window which confused us all. Not to mention the brain scrambling that the 5-
1 thrashing by the Baggies gave us. But we have to quit dwelling on the recent past and
remember that out of the darkness cometh the light. Is that light Curbishley? This Wolves fan