“Three managers have got the sack here through not being able to stop the team conceding and I’m not going to be the fourth.”
The typically buoyant and ultimately misguided words of our outgoing manager back in February.
When Dean Saunders looks at the figures he’ll see Wolves actually conceded more goals per game with him in charge (1.55) than they did under Ståle Solbakken (1.47). He also averaged just 1 point per game compared to his predecessor’s 1.19.
But it probably wasn’t numbers that forced Steve Morgan’s hand. It was words.
In polls conducted both here and on the Express and Star website, three quarters of the support wanted the manager out. And the majority voted as they did because of statements like:
“When we have a team talk the players know that the only reason I talk to them is to make myself feel better.”
“We’ve got to win two games and no disrespect to the teams we’re playing, it’s not Man United and Arsenal we’ve got to beat, it’s Burnley and Brighton.”
not forgetting various pearls such as:
“If the lad misses his two goals we would’ve drawn”
You could barely get away with statements like these if you were winning, but against the backdrop of Armageddon it made his demise all the more inevitable.
Post-Brighton I advocated keeping him on the basis he hadn’t been given a fair chance. No time, no luck, no money.
But the overwhelming majority weren’t nearly as sympathetic to his cause.
Relegation, route one football, ever-changing team selections and of course his less than economical way with words, put his head firmly on chopping block. Few could argue.
Still, BBC’s Pat Murphy, whose followed the Wolves management merry-go-round for the past 18 months smells another Morgan mistake, stating today:
“He is the sacrificial lamb in my opinion. Twenty points from 20 games, is that really enough time for a manager to be able to do it at a great old club? I think there is a bit of a kneejerk reaction here by the chairman Steve Morgan, and not for the first time.”
Right or wrong, what’s clear is that our chairman must now set about making one of the most important managerial appointments in our club’s history.
Another costly mistake and this runaway train might never be stopped.