They say hindsight is a wonderful thing, but unfortunately many saw this coming.
Mick McCarthy split fans opinion throughout his time at Molineux, so it was hardly a surprise he would continue to do so immediately following his sacking and in the weeks after.
When the 5-1 defeat to West Brom came, some supporters wholeheartedly backed the Wolves boards decision to sack our Mick, while some called it knee-jerk and pandering to the boo boys.
Every end of the spectrum was covered.
Our front page opinion poll backed the decision, but only just, with 57% agreeing it was time to part company with McCarthy.
Then in the following week, the hunt for a new manager went through its twists and turns and eventually left some fans thinking that the whole process was a farce.
Throughout the process we included a ‘Bring back Mick McCarthy’ option on the vote for a new manager. He started off with just 22%, in second place behind Alan Curbishley who had taken 53%.
Then Curbs withdrew from the running when he turned down the job for the first time.
McCarthy’s backing then grew to 48% and held a big gap over the likes of Steve Bruce who had only 5%, despite being the bookies favourite.
In the final days after the press had reported that a number of candidates had turned us down, Bring back Mick McCarthy had 70%, with Dave Jones 10%, Lee Clark 9%, Steve Bruce 7% and Terry Connor 4%.
Wolves now of course claim the managerial post was only ever offered to one man, Alan Curbishley, who went on to turn it down twice.
Whether the reports were accurate or not, it still made the whole process look like a joke and helped made us all look rather pathetic.
It couldn’t have been good for the morale of the squad, reading that no one appeared willing to fill the spot left by Mick McCarthy.
In the end, as we know, Terry Connor got the gig, some would say by default, some would say to ease continuity following McCarthy’s sacking, either way it became inevitable, so much so that I even made a tidy amount at the bookies.
Unfortunately though, the other thing I saw coming was this latest result against Fulham.
With morale at an all time low and the management team merely depleted by numbers not changed, the team drifted through the game against Fulham.
At times chasing shadows, with a real step up in quality on show.
Connor’s appointment, while popular with the players as they undoubtedly do not like change, will not have acted as a morale booster.
Connor does not bring new ideas and fresh impetus, he merely continues the work being done by Mick, but without the knowledge and experience that McCarthy brought.
He can say all the right things, but the proof will be in the pudding, he has to show a good game, not talk one.
‘Without a shadow of a doubt we still have the belief,’ new Wolves boss Terry Connor told Wolves Official Website after the 5-0 defeat.
He continued: ‘We’ve had bad results before and bounced back and we have to do that again on Saturday against Blackburn.
‘We do get beaten and we do work at that end of the table so we know we’ll be in the bottom three at times.
‘We’ve done it for two years now and worked our way through and stuck together and been in the Premier League, and we want to do that for the third year running.
Vital Wolves Comment: We have to ask though, are we really better off now with Mick McCarthy gone?
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