The Quiet Decline Of Wolverhampton Wanderers

They left it late at Molineux last night. Two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bakary Sako swept the ball into the roof of the Watford goal to earn Wolves a point, but this was a match the result of which proved to be more useful to the two clubs’ rivals at the top and foot of the league table than to those on the pitch or in the stands. Watford remain in the hunt for a place in the Premier League, but for the home side this was a result which marked a fifteenth without a win, a run which sees the club entrenched in the relegation places at the bottom of the Championship, and with their rivals all now having an opportunity to leapfrog over them. If Barnsley and Peterborough United, the only clubs now below Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship table, were to win their matches against Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United this afternoon, the club relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season would sink to its very bottom. What is most unusual about the decline of Wolverhampton Wanderers is that there is no financial crisis going on to accompany the club’s slump. Indeed, Wolves have been financially successful enough over the last two or three years to have remained profitable as a business...

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