It’s been a summer of unceremonious exits at Molineux.
John Ruddy’s Wolves career received its eulogy long after his departure became public knowledge, so too Romain Saiss’.
But the blink and you just might miss it nature of Conor Coady’s exit is easily the toughest to stomach.
For so long, Coady embodied everything that was good about the current regime in WV1.
Amidst all the glitz and glamour associated with the influx of Gestifute recruits, our Scouse skipper kept things refreshingly real.
No player arguably embraced the Fosun revolution more than he did, so drastic was his conversion from average Championship midfielder to the sweeper at the heart of Nuno’s five-man defence.
Indeed, I distinctly recall a grisly Championship away day at Reading when my voice went hoarse barracking Coady for a rather inept midfield performance.
To say I was surprised to witness such a seamless transition to specialist centre-half was an understatement.
But now we know what we do, it’s not shocking at all.
Coady is the consummate professional and, in that sense, Everton’s gain is certainly our loss.
It will be more than difficult to replace his leadership qualities, both on and off the pitch.
And it will be equally taxing to ensure that his departure does not lead to a disconnect between the fans and players.
Building those bridges was arguably one of the greatest triumphs of the Nuno era, and it’d be desperately disappointing if such a rift was to re-emerge.
That shouldn’t be the case, given that the likes of Neves and Moutinho remain in our ranks.
But Coady’s absence will be felt, especially in the early throes of the daring new era Bruno Lage appears to be ushering in.
This is definitely the biggest call Lage has made as head coach since he assumed the position, and it’s one that could go one of two ways for him.
If the transition to a back four pays off, then he’ll be lauded for his bravado and foresight.
Should that not prove to be the case, it’s hard to envisage a long-term future for the Portuguese in the Molineux dugout.
These are uncertain times in WV1 and it’s difficult to predict how things will play out. So for the time being, let’s just raise a glass to one of our best ever skippers.
Here’s to you Conor, thanks for the memories.