Conflicting views of Friday’s game suggest the Dean Saunders approach will divide opinion throughout his Molineux tenure.
A preference for high-tempo, hassle and harry, percentage football has failed to universally endear the new gaffer.
Accusations of “hoofball” and “regression” are the chosen weapons of those who feel that club and manager are leading us down the wrong path.
Others of a different persuasion noted an improved work rate against Blackburn and openly preferred the no-nonsense mantra.
My question is: does it really matter?
Winning football is good football as far as I’m concerned and any manager with successful tactics is welcome.
Style is just a stick used to beat a losing side with and anything ‘over the top’ is the proverbial baseball bat.
The truth is, we haven’t regressed back to McCarthy, we’ve regressed since McCarthy.
Wolves are a worse team now than we ever were during his time.
Besides, I never had a problem with Mick’s style.
If he wanted to play direct, get the ball out wide and put crosses in from deep, that was a-okay with me. My criticism was that he never brought in the players to make it work.
Throughout our Premier League stay we craved a physical presence up front, a player that could convert record numbers of crosses into chances and goals. That player never arrived.
There were similar cases in other positions too. Hence why Mick’s top flight team never played with any consistent sense of identity, spending half the time passing the ball ineffectively and the other as a sort of diet-Stoke.
The same criticism applies to Solbakken. Nice idea but confused tactics.
He wanted to play the possession game, yet was content to fill the team with cloggers. The select few that were actually comfortable in possession, such as Milijas and Guedioura, were bizarrely moved on. His first choice center backs could only head and hoof.
Don’t get it.
For longer than I care to remember, I’ve craved a manager with the ability to marry players with a system.
Style is a bonus, not a minimum requirement and there’s more than one route to success.
For every Swansea, there’s a Stoke City. For every Arsene, there’s an Allardyce.
No correct answer, only correct logic.