Steve Froggatt joined Wolves in 1994 from local rivals Aston Villa. He spent four seasons at Molineux before he moved across the Midlands to Coventry City.
Steve was kind enough to grant Wolves-Stats an interview, So here is part what Steve had to say………..
First up, thanks for taking the time to grant Wolves-Stats this interview, when you joined Wolves you dropped down a division to do so. What made you take this move?
I had a great time at Villa – I’d been there since I was twelve – and we had a really successful time; Premier League runners up, and beating United in the League Cup. But after being there for so long I felt I needed a move to reignite my career. The manager, the players (Thomas, Daley, Bully, Don Goodman etc), the fan base, and a great history that we wanted to try and emulate.
It all started off well at Wolves for you, didn’t it?
When I joined, we had some great players; and we started off tremendously. We were steam rollering the division, and were about 9 points clear at one point. And then the injuries started. Me, Daley, de Wolf, Thomas – some big players with long term injuries.
What was the highlight of your Wolves career?
The semi final against Arsenal was a great achievement. They had some wonderful players, and to only lose one-nil was a credit to the team.
What was Robbie Keane like to play with?
I loved playing with Robbie. Such an intelligent footballer. You could tell from his debut he was going to be a massive player. I just knew where he’d be; almost telepathic. And we played together at Coventry before he was sold for the thick end of £14m. I was amazed when Wolves sold Robbie when they did. I understand Sir Jack wanted to balance the books, but if they’d have kept me, and built the team around Robbie, it could have been special. You could go up, and build a Premier League team around Robbie, and Dean Richards. But it was as if Sir Jack had thrown the towel in, and a talented squad was dismantled.
What about your move to Coventry?
You could have moved on a Bosman, instead of signing an extension allowing us to get a fee.
I’m a big believer in loyalty. I had a great time at Wolves, and whilst I could have made more money by leaving, I wanted to do the right thing. I could have gone to Boro – and earned £250k a year more – but chose Coventry as I liked Strachan as a manager, and it meant not uprooting my family our whole career was spent in the Midlands.Yeah, more by luck than by design though. I’m from Lincoln, but had been at Villa for a long time, and Wolves was a great opportunity. Coventry was another great period for me, some lovely football.
Any regrets about your moves? Fair to say that moving to Wolves harmed your international chances?
No regrets at all. I played for three great clubs, and whilst I could have stayed in the Premier League after Villa, Wolves was a great opportunity for the long term; it just didn’t work out in terms of promotion.
Since you’ve stopped playing, you’ve chosen the punditry route, rather than coaching.
When I look at some of the lads I played with and have gone into management, and how grey some of them are, I’m glad! After I’d stopped playing, I stayed with Coventry for a while on the press side of things which taught me a lot for the future. I think you either want to manage, or you don’t. I love the punditry, it’s like a great part-time job
And finally, how do you rate this current Wolves side?
I love the way Mick’s teams play. Full of effort, passion, and they try to win. I think if they keep doing that, they’ll stay up. Then come next year they can start to get some better players in and push on. Wolves can be a great club.
Interview first Appeared on www.wolves-stats.co.uk
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