Wolverhampton Wanderers assistant boss Terry Connor has been promoted to manager until the end of the season. After Wolves were turned over 1-5 at the hands of fierce rivals West Bromwich Albion, chief executive Jez Moxey decided that enough was enough and dismissed Mick McCarthy. “The trend was only going one way,” and with the club slipping into the Football League, he told the Molineux faithful he had to act. With Wolves struggling in the Premier League, winning just one game in 13, the most logical decision had to be to sack the manager. And then appoint his No. 2.
Moxey clearly wanted somebody more experienced, saying that the vacancy was “not a job for a novice”. Having failed to attract anyone with much Premier League managerial experience to Molineux, Moxey and chairman Steve Morgan have turned to, what, fifth or sixth choice candidate Terry Connor? Walter Smith and Alan Curbishley turned them down, Brian McDermott signed a new deal at the Madejski, while Brighton’s compensation demands seemingly made Guy Poyet too expensive. But whatever happened to Steve Bruce or any of the other potential suitors for the Wolves job, TC must feel really special.
Connor has the respect and support of the players, but then who’s to say Mick McCarthy didn’t? Now that the Wolves directors have failed to bring in any of their first choice candidates, they have to accept responsibility for whatever happens to the club. Terry Connor may well keep them up this season, but are we really saying that he is up to the job but McCarthy wasn’t? He was probably as disappointed as anyone to see Mick leave Molineux and now has a very difficult job ahead of him for the next 13 matches. If these are the kind of wholesale changes the Wolves board is implementing, TC might as well bring in Mick McCarthy as his assistant.