I think even the most optimistic football fan would confess Wolverhampton Wanderers are doomed to the Championship next season. A miracle isn't enough to save them now with Wayne Hennessey 's injury being the final blow. So that poses the question, what went wrong?
Most people would argue that the sacking of Mick McCarthy was the main reason of their own downfall. Perhaps they are right as he saved them from a similar position just the season before, but Wolves were on some bad form and losing at home 5-1 to arch rivals West Bromwich Albion will never bode well.
In defense of Mick, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, they have had rotten luck with injuries. Not necessarily horrendous injuries or a lot of players ruled out at once but members of the back four/five were never fit at the same time which made Wolves already shaky defense even more unsteady.
I cant talk about poor timing of injuries without mentioning Emmanuel Frimpong's injury. Personally, I believe that was the real turning point of the season for Wanderers. They were beginning to pick up positive results again and were some playing good football. I am not saying individually Frimpong is good enough to of kept them in the Premier League but he gave Wolves that energy and sustainability that was missing for most of the season. While Wolves boast some fantastic and exciting wingers, they have been without a genuine core to the team for a while and I believe Frimpong was the start to changing that.
That brings me to Roger Johnson, who was singed to add some reassurance at the back and again, to build a core for the starting eleven. I think its safe to say he hasn't achieved either! The boards,Wolves fans and even Mick McCarthy must feel completely let down by Roger, the club finally spent big on a supposedly proven defender and he turns out to be the flop of the season. Its not even his below par performances (which have worsened through out the season) that will annoy the fans but his off field antics too, turning up to training drunk is never acceptable, let alone during a relegation battle, but that's another matter for another blog!
Others will say appointing Terry Connor as Mick's replacement is what really ruined their season, and they have good reason to say so! What could the managers assistant do that the manager couldn't? The sole reason a club changes manager at that time of the season, when in that position, is to bring a fresh face to breathe new life into the team, which you would hope, would ignite positive reactions across the team. Its not like their wasn't managers available with free agents such as Alan Curbishely, Steve Bruce and Walter Smith without clubs. Personally, I think Alan Curbishely should of got the job, different style/approach in comparison to Mick and boasts a lot of Premier League experience.
Never the less, the board appointed Terry, which after a dramatic 2-2 draw at St.James Park seemed to be just what the doctor ordered! Unfortunately for the club things went from bad to worse and now the club sit bottom of the PL, eight points from safety with four games to go.
If Wolves want to return to the PL sooner rather then later then they will need to rebuild; take neighbours Birmingham for example, new manager and new team and they look set to be finishing in the play offs after an impressive first season back in the Championship. Reading also applied the same method but over a slightly longer period and now look where they are!
I believe Wolves will be back in the Premier League again once more but when, only time will tell...