The death of Premier League football in Wolverhampton eventually came as no surprise this weekend.
Bottom of the Premier League without a win in our last 11 games, losing our last 9 games in succession at Molinuex, simply put we’ve not been good enough since September and we’ve been awful since February.
We started the season well, two wins over Blackburn and Fulham actually placed us briefly at the top of the table.
A draw with Aston Villa wasn’t too bad either, but from the end of August onwards, there was very little to shout about.
Just 3 wins against Wigan, Sunderland and QPR, just 7 draws against Swansea, Norwich, Arsenal, Bolton, Spurs, Newcastle and Sunderland and 21 defeats, a total of 16 points from our last 32 games.
To break it down further, of our total of 23 points from 35 games, McCarthy totalled 21 points from 25 games, while Connor produced 2 points 10 games.
For Mick, that’s an average of 0.84 points per game, a ratio that would have scored us 32 points over the course of a 38 game season if it had continued.
Excluding the August form games, our Mick scored 14 points in his last 22 games, an average of 0.63 points per game. If we scored that over the ten games since his departure and our final three games of the season, we would have finished the season on 29 points.
Whichever way you look at it, improvement was needed, but we stood a chance. Until the change in manager in February.
At that point on, all hope was lost.
Perhaps if a new manager with the ability to lift the players moral had stepped in we could have turned it around, there was no guarantee, but at this point it was possible, as it would have been for McCarthy given the chance.
But once the papers started reporting that candidate A had turned us down not once but twice, while candidates B, C and D reportedly also turned us down, the morale around the club and the dressing room was at an all time low.
Terry Connor had no chance to turn this around and his 2 points from 10 games came as little surprise.
So with all the evidence mounting up, what does the Post mortem reveal? Well on the evidence thus far, cause of death looks likely to be poor management from the boardroom, namely Jez Moxey and Steve Morgan.
‘An experienced manager agreed to come and then had a change of heart, Terry took the job because we felt he was then the best man of the small number of candidates available.’ Moxey told BBC Radio 5 live.
He continued: ‘Had that manager been appointed, the process we followed in February would have been a textbook process and everyone would have said Wolverhampton Wanderers couldn’t have dealt with that better.
‘Our team and all of us have not been good enough. It’s a collective responsibility. I’m not pointing the finger at Terry Connor or an individual. We simply have not been good enough.’
While Moxey might not point the finger, his excuses will not be good enough for many and the buck surely stops with those in the boardroom?
That’s why a lot of anger has been thrown in the direction of Moxey and Morgan and Moxey is content to take it on the chin.
“While no one wants to receive negative comments from fans, it comes with the territory and I accept that`s the job I`ve got.’ he continued in a separate interview with the Express and Star.
He added: “In football, someone has to be blamed and held to account and although it`s not what I`d want, I take it on the chin. I am big enough, ugly enough and experienced enough to know what happens. For me, it`s not a big deal.
“It`s better me getting stick than the players.”
Vital Wolves Comment: But while its easy to point and apportion blame, the harder job comes with identifying the problems, what made everything go wrong and fixing them for a promotion push next season and in a way, Moxey may well be the best candidate to take us forward with the experiences he has already gained in the role.
He just needs to get the managerial position sorted.
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