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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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Match Of The Past: Wolverhampton Wanderers

It’s time for our final Match Of The Past from the Championship, and this evening we feature Wolverhampton Wanderers, and six matches from the years between 1969 and 1988. We kick off with a trip to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, and this is the first of three matches from three consecutive seasons from the early 1970s. The following season sees Wolves at home against Everton on a snow covered Molineux pitch on Boxing Day 1970, and our third match sees them at home in November 1971 against the team that would end the 1971/72 season as the surprise champions of England, Derby County. We then skip forward to the end of the decade for a Second Division match against Bolton Wanderers from May 1977. Having already secured promotion back to the First Division, Wolves travelled to Burnden Park to deny a Bolton side that was itself pushing for a return to the top flight. This was the start of a yo-yo period for the club, and our penultimate match sees Wolves travel to The Hawthorns in November 1983 for a derby match against West Bromwich Albion, having been promoted to the First Division the previous summer but failing to win a single match up to that point that season. Finally, we skip to 1987/88 and the Sherpa Vans Trophy final against Burnley. The club had endured...

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McCarthy Out At Wolves

By all accounts he’s a decent guy, is Mick McCarthy. Unfortunately for him, such personality traits are seldom considered to be of great importance when deciding whether to keep the manager of a football club in his position, and his departure from Molineux after one of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ most embarrasssing results of recent years comes as little surprise. ┬áTime has been up for McCarthy since the club’s owner, Steve Morgan, came into the dressing room after their recent home defeat by Liverpool and gave the players a piece of his mind. He did manage to earn himself a short-lived reprieve as a result of an unexpected win at Queens Park Rangers, but a five-one defeat at home against bitter local rivals proved too much for Morgan to bear. McCarthy had spent a little over five and a half years at the club, which is a lifetime in comparison with the fragile job security that management offers these days. He managed to get to the end of part one of the Wolves quest for the holy grail by keeping them in the Premier League, but the last day of last season was unacceptably close to the wire, and it was clear from the summer that the club expected improvement on last season’s performance. This, Wolves supporters will hardly need reminding, has not been forthcoming. The severity of their defeat yesterday...

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