It’s rare that a new boss can come in with a perfectly assembled squad and this Wolverhampton Wanderers squad that Dean Saunders has inherited is far from perfect.
Results have shown that it’s clearly lacking quality in certain areas, but rather than looking to add to the squad during the January transfer window, Saunders will have to sell first.
Financially we are looking ok, it’s one of the good things that we get from being run by Chief executive Jez Moxey and owner Steve Morgan.
Relegation from the Premier League and the loss of £30million via television revenue quite often cripples clubs, but not at Wolves.
The £16million parachute payments and the sales of Michael Kightly, Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher, which have recouped around £28million puts us on a good footing.
That said we have a bloated squad of 50 professionals and Saunders will have to wield his newly received axe to cut down the squad.
Some are more obvious than others, Adam Hammill, Eggert Jonsson, Ronald Zubar and Frank Nouble have all been linked with Molineux departures.
But according to Morgan a few more will be following them: ‘We have got too many players. We actually need to slim the squad down by seven, eight maybe nine players in terms of numbers.’ he told the Express & Star.
He continued: “That may mean over this transfer window and the next one that 13, 14, 15 players will be going out and six or seven coming in. If there`s idle hands with people out of the team, it doesn`t lead to a great atmosphere.
“We have to slim down the squad, so if you see five or six players leave, don`t assume there will be five or six coming in.”
That kind of turnover of players in addition to the changes over the summer will of course mean another period of uncertainty at the club.
It’s also a hard task for a new manager. Does Dean Saunders have the experience to deal with it? He worked under difficult circumstances at both Wrexham and Doncaster but failed really to achieve at either club.
He couldn’t get Wrexham promoted back to the football league and he couldn’t keep Doncaster in the Championship.
That said he is highly thought of in the game so hopefully this is less of a gamble as the appointment of Ståle Solbakken.
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