UK time is: 11:43:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Season Preview 2012/13: Wolverhampton Wanderers



RELEGATION WAS eventually inevitable for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they slid into the Championship under the guidance of the hapless Terry Connor.

In what was surely one of the worst managerial decisions in recent memory, the Wolves hierarchy saw fit to dispense with the services of Mick McCarthy before failing to adequately replace the former Ireland boss. Connor stepped in, but it was clear from early on that the coach did not have the mettle required to step up and manage the side, or for that matter, keeping the Molineux outfit in the top-flight.

Only three players have been added, and two of those seem unlikely to be regulars. New boss Stale Solbakken is clearly confident that he will be able to retain the services of his key men and keep the club`s stay in the second-tier brief.

Strengths: Wolves were clearly heading down for a long time, which gave the players, staff and club the opportunity to be as prepared as possible heading into the Championship. The idea of a relegation hangover affecting their start to the season seems unlikely as the drop was far from sudden.

Weakness`: If as expected, Steven Fletcher does leave for the Premier League, this is a goal-shy side. Sure Kevin Doyle bagged a number of goals whilst he was at Reading, but since those early days in the Football League, the Irish international has become a different kind of player.

Best business so far: Appointing Solbakken as manager. At 44, the former Lillestrom, Wimbledon, Aalborg and Copenhagan midfielder bring big experience to the Black Country outfit, having also represented the Norwegian national side at full and U21 level.

Solbakken cut his teeth in the managerial game at first club HamKam, before spending five years with Copenhagen and a season in the German Bundesliga with FC Koln.

Star man: With Fletcher likely to move on after handing in a transfer request, Matt Jarvis is the next most dangerous player in the Wolves squad.

Now 26 and in his peak, Jarvis won to date, his only England cap in 2011 against France after impressing for Wolves.

A pacey winger, capable of playing on either flank, his form tailed off after international recognition, but back up against Championship defences, he could thrive once more and rediscover his form.

In: Tongo Dounbia (Rennes) loan, Slawomir Peszko (Koln) loan, Frank Nouble (West Ham Utd) fre, Jamie Tank (Walsall) undisc & Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (Lillestrom) 2.4m.

Out: Ashley Hemmings, James Spray, Louis Harris (all released), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough Utd) undisc, Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest) 1m, Sam Vokes (Burnley) undisc & Michael Kightly (Stoke City) undisc.

Prediction:

wfc123:
I can`t pretend to know much about any of Wolves` summer additions, but Solbakken comes highly recommended and certainly knows both the Norwegian and German markets well. I fancy Wolves to go up straight away - so long as they hold onto their bigger names.

chrisgwfc: Importantly nobody has left yet, meaning the likes of Stearman, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle and Fletcher are still around to help them get back to the Premier League at the first opportunity. My personal tip for automatic promotion.
The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 16 2012

Time: 7:45AM

Your Comments

At least play off certs for me.. Tough team...
watford1881
Absolutely. Rejected a bid for Matt Jarvis today, if they keep him & Fletcher, which they seem intent on doing, they could be very tough to beat.
wfc123
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. KDCallanan 6
2. ANDY710 4

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Q.P.R. 2 - 1 Watford
Watford 3 - 1 Ipswich
Millwall 2 - 2 Watford
Watford 3 - 0 Leeds Utd
Watford 1 - 1 Burnley
Sheff Wed 1 - 4 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Ipswich 44 17 14 13 6 65
10. Blackburn 44 16 16 12 5 64
11. Bournemouth 44 17 12 15 -1 63
12. Watford 43 15 15 13 17 60
13. Middlesbrough 44 14 16 14 7 58
14. Bolton 44 13 16 15 -3 55
15. Sheff Wed 44 13 14 17 1 53

Breaking League News

Bolton : 23/04/2014 11:36:00
Tigers to offer Owls target new deal
Sheff Wed : 23/04/2014 10:47:00
Dyche on the Up!
Burnley : 23/04/2014 10:05:00
Adkins: Our destiny is in our hands
Reading : 23/04/2014 10:00:00
Francis: It's all to play for
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 08:10:00
Howe: We have been frustrated
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 08:02:00
Cook: My best goal to date
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 07:57:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should Stuart Attwell have refereed the Burnley game?
Suggested By:  Editor
Yes 29%
No 71%