‘We’ve proved we are not good enough to stay in the Premier League.’
Short and to the point, that was Terry Connor’s remarks to the BBC after relegation had been confirmed against Manchester City.
‘It’s raw for the players, supporters, staff and everyone connected to Wolves. It will be a tough few days,’ he added.
Personally I’d already accepted that relegation was a formality, around about the same time that the board made the mistake of sacking Mick McCarthy without a plan to replace him.
I didn’t agree it was right to sack our Mick, but understood the mounting pressure from the fans and the result against Albion made it a formality, but to do it without a plan, which quickly turned farcical and led to newspaper reports claiming that half a dozen different people turned the job down meant we had a squad of players with no direction and no self belief.
That was the single decision that for me took away any hope of staying up.
It would have been difficult to stay up whether McCarthy had remained at Molineux, or Curbishley had been persuaded to join, but we would have stood a better chance with either in charge, instead of TC who unfortunately was on a hiding to nothing, thrown in the deep end without any arm bands.
‘It’s been a long season and the table doesn’t lie. We’ve not been good enough this year and we need to bounce back now.’ Wolves midfielder Karl Henry also told the BBC.
He continued: ‘I don’t think the change of manager helped, It’s been a tough situation for Terry Connor to come into, and he’s done a great job under the circumstances.
‘We weren’t doing fantastically under the old manager either. Ultimately we’ve not been good enough as a squad.’
With three games of the Premier League season remaining, Wolves will obviously have one eye on the Championship next year, but we will continue to compete in the final games of the season, as the Premier League’s integrity demands it.
TC concluded: ‘The last three games will be difficult, It’s an honest league and we’ve signed up for 38 competitive games and the matches might have a bearing on other teams so we’ll show honesty, integrity and try to win as many points as we can.’
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