The Quiet Decline Of Wolverhampton Wanderers


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Some very silly careless factual errors here, not typical of the site which is disappointing.

    1) It’s hardly a badge of honour but it’s 12 without a win, not 15

    2) It was Bristol City below us at the start of Saturday’s games (mercifully, they still are), not Barnsley

    3) Nothing “led to” the calling of a Fans’ Parliament, these meetings are regular, every 2-3 months and have been since 2006

    Morgan has made some very poor footballing decisions but we are where we are principally because Dean Saunders is a terrible football manager and has totally failed in his brief, which was far from ambitious in the first place.

  2. Dan says:

    And just to add, though last night’s attendance was poor (although you might say that 18k+ is not bad for a team with one home win since September and the game being televised on a Friday night, with an away support barely numbering 500) that redevelopment was undertaken when we had had two consecutive seasons of 95%+ occupancy.

  3. t'OM says:

    Most of this, as a Wolves fan, I agree with. However to label the Solbakken era “failed” is overstating it. He was in the process of overhauling the playing style and apparently was going to overhaul the playing squad over a couple of windows. I was fuming when he was replaced and Saunders seems to be going back to the way we played under McCarthy, but without the wide players and energy of when we played under MM.

    Thanks for the write up though, hopefully our decline becomes noisier and I hope we don’t go down.

  4. chumbawanderer says:

    ‘… to build the strategy that has apparently been lacking from the club over the last couple of years’.

    Strategy has been missing from the club for decades. You don’t go from European football to Div 4 then back to Div I (the Premiership) then back to the verge of Div 3 if you have a cohesive policy in place. It is surely the responsibility of the much lauded (by Morgan) C.E.O. Jez Moxey to deliver such a strategy.

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