Wolves: Will Terry Connor Be A Clipboard Clod Or Tactical Genius?

After faffing about and speaking to every available manager in England, Wolves appointed the long-term coach. It will go one of two ways...
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After faffing about and speaking to every available manager in England, Wolves appointed the long-term coach. It will go one of two ways...

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Terry Connor has been appointed manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season with a brief to ensure Premiership survival. The elevation of McCarthy’s assistant manager may come as a shock to many after the comedic shenanigans of the previous 11 days, when media reports suggested that everyone from Clough to Scunthorpe’s tea lady had been interviewed, offered the job and subsequently turned it down.

The majority of which was, of course, speculation, guess-work and rubbish.

Very little news escaped from Molineux (even the Wolves training ground at Compton was locked down), apart from the fact that they had talked to Alan Curbishley and he had turned it down.

Twice.

Steve Bruce, former Birmingham City boss, recently sacked by Sunderland was also apparently interviewed, but as interweb message boards Wolverhampton-wide went into meltdown at the very mention of his name, it would appear this had a negative effect on owner Steve Morgan, and other candidates were considered.

The sky over Wolverhampton must be thick with low flying toys being ejected from perambulators

Bizarrely, there were even rumours that former manager Dave Jones was in the frame, despite already being responsible for promoting and relegating Wolves once. There was also some mention of Walter Smith, but he was apparently washing his hair when CEO Jez Moxey called him and couldn’t come to the ‘phone.

That Connor was not first choice for the post is obvious, so has he been appointed because no-one else was willing to take on the challenge of keeping one of the founder members of the league in the top flight?

Or do the board really think he is the right man for the job, and if so why has it taken them all this time to realise it?

He may be the seemingly most ‘cost effective’ option, but Abu Terence Fuongo "Terry" Connor has several points in his favour: he has survived four managers at Wolves in the 13 years since he joined the coaching staff, so should be able to avoid the mistakes witnessed under previous incumbents.

The former forward has a good reputation in football and knows the Wolves squad well and therefore will not have to take time to work out strengths and weaknesses. Joleon Lescott, now with Manchester City, who started his career at Wolves claims Connor is one of the best coaches he has worked with.

The man more commonly known to fans as ‘Clipboard’ due to his ever present match-day accessory (no new-fangled tablet computer for our Terry), was born in Leeds and began his footballing career with the Whites, scoring on his senior debut at the age of 17. He registered a total of 22 goals in 108 appearances for his home town club, before departing for Brighton & Hove Albion; subsequently representing Portsmouth, Swansea, Bristol City and Yeovil Town.

The club have for whatever reason given Connor the job and freed from the yoke of previous managers, he may proves to be a tactical genius and not just a fall-guy being used to spare Morgan and Moxey’s blushes. Although, in Friday afternoon’s media conference, owner Steve Morgan claimed Wolves had nothing to be embarrassed about. Scanning message boards reveals a different story, with real anger at the appointment of Connor and the way the club has apparently become a ‘laughing stock’; in fact the sky over Wolverhampton must be thick with low flying toys being ejected from perambulators.

Far from being a joke, this might, just might be the appointment that garners a siege mentality at Molineux and if Connor’s undoubted football pedigree is allowed its head, then Wolves could just about extricate themselves from the mire.

Terry Connor begins the unenviable task of keeping Wolves up away at sixth placed Newcastle United on Saturday.

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