John Rooney debuted last week with a ‘thanks for everything, but’ to Mick McCarthy. After his club’s long and nearly fruitless search for his successor, John’s back with a changed mind.
They say a week is a long time in politics. If Wolves’ efforts to replace Mick McCarthy are anything to go by, it’s an eternity in football.
A mere seven days ago it looked like the job would go to Alan Curbishley. There were others in the frame, most notably Steve Bruce, but the noises coming from Molineux suggested ‘Curbs’ was their man.
And then, of course, he turned the job down. Not once but twice. Ouch!
The official explanation was that Curbishley’s vision for the club didn’t match that of the chairman, Steve Morgan. What their respective visions were no one is saying but one thing was certain – replacing McCarthy was going to be harder than first thought. This was confirmed earlier this week – again, not once but twice – when Brian McDermott of Reading and retired Walter Smith declared themselves not interested.
The one bright spot in a miserable week was the news that SAGA were reported to be interested in a shirt sponsorship deal. I suspect, however, this was an internet rumour spread by a mischievous Baggies fan.
As I write, the latest news coming from Molineux is that assistant manager Terry Connor will fill the role until the end of the season. With the greatest of respect to Terry, if he was the right man for the job he would have been offered it straight away. Morgan claims his appointment will bring stability to the club but, if anything, it will do the opposite. The supporters will see him as a remnant of a failed regime and, unless the points come thick and fast, they won’t get behind him.
The search for a new manager had almost become as embarrassing as the defeat by West Brom that led to it. Mercifully, that search is over for now and, with a (nearly) new man in place, maybe everyone at the club can give their full attention to the small matter of beating relegation.
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