Firing Line: Connor out to prove Wolves worth in pivotal clash against Bolton

Firing Line: Connor out to prove Wolves worth in pivotal clash against Bolton

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22:42 GMT, 29 March 2012

If ever there was a time for Terry Connor to start turning round results at rock-bottom Wolves then this weekend is the perfect opportunity.

The West Midlands club are on their joint worst run of the season having lost five of their last six games, but face a Bolton side on Saturday who hover just above the relegation zone in 17th.

Lend us a hand: Terry Connor is still searching for his first win at Wolves

Lend us a hand: Terry Connor is still searching for his first win at Wolves

Victory for Wolves at Molineux and they close the gap to the Trotters to just a point, but defeat will leave Connor’s side a huge six points adrift of safety. Now is the time to prove managerial credentials.

Each week we bring you our latest
chart of the managers under pressure, and those on Easy Street. Here’s
Sportsmail’s sack-race rankings – otherwise known as the Firing Line…

No 1: Terry Connor – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves boss: Terry Connor

It’s taken a while but one positive for Connor is that for the first time in his reign, his side finally took the lead in their 2-1 defeat at Norwich. Next target is holding on to secure points with Wolves anchored to the bottom and staring relegation in the face. NON-MOVER

No 2: Alex McLeish – Aston Villa

Aston Villa: Alex McLeish

Any team is unfortunate to play Arsenal when they are on their very best form, but Villa were lucky to escape the Emirates Stadium with just a 3-0 beating. Supporters remain unhappy with McLeish but their side is still eight points clear of the bottom three. NON-MOVER

No 3: Mark Hughes – Queens Park Rangers

Mark Hughes

As quickly as it happened, the comeback against Liverpool has been forgotten after defeat at Sunderland. With Djibril Cisse getting sent off (again) Federico Macheda going back to Manchester United and Bobby Zamora struggling, all is still not well in attack. UP TWO

No 4: Owen Coyle – Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers: Owen Coyle

Judging by Adam Bodan’s performance at Tottenham, Owen Coyle has at least got competent goalkeeping coaches working under him after the Bolton stopper kept a rampant Spurs side at bay for 74 minutes. Out the cup but league form has improved. DOWN ONE

No 5: Roberto Martinez – Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic: Roberto Martinez

Wigan pulled off the result of the weekend by winning at Liverpool and it wasn’t due to outrageous luck. The Latics looked as confident as they have been all season and the introduction of Shaun Maloney into the side by Martinez has aided their attacking play. DOWN ONE

No 6: Steve Kean – Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn: Steve Kean

Missed a great opportunity at Bolton to give Blackburn breathing space above the bottom three by suffering another defeat against their Lancashire rivals. But Kean can take heart knowing that his team continue to create decent chances in attack. NON-MOVER

No 7: Martin Jol – Fulham

Fulham: Martin Jol

Got his tactics right at Manchester United – despite the 1-0 defeat. Fulham prevented the champions from playing their natural game and were very unfortunate not to receive a late penalty. It’s three defeats in a row though with Norwich to come next. NON-MOVER

No 8: Harry Redknapp – Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Redknapp

Nothing has been going right for Spurs recently so Redknapp will be relieved his side overcame a stubborn Bolton to book an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Tottenham need to get back to winning ways in the league though with Swansea next. NON-MOVER

No 9: Roy Hodgson – West Bromwich Albion

Roy Hodgson

After going goal crazy last month, West Brom have simmered since and were well below par when being ripped apart by gung-ho Newcastle last week. A relegation fight is highly unlikely but the Baggies could do with another couple of wins. NON-MOVER

No 10: Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea

Chelsea manager: Roberto Di Matteo

Based on league form, Di Matteo is struggling to make a strong case to take the Chelsea job full time but the Blues are going great guns in the Champions League after winning at Benfica. After all, European success is all you need to to keep Roman Abramovich happy. UP ONE

No 11: Alan Pardew – Newcastle United

Alan Pardew

The attack Pardew has built at Newcastle has to be admired. Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba combined to deadly effect at West Brom and keep the Toon well in the hunt for a Champions League spot. Andy Carroll returns as Liverpool visit next. NON-MOVER

No 12: Brendan Rodgers – Swansea City

Swansea City: Brendan Rodgers

Losing against Everton came as a surprise to Swansea, but that is all the evidence you need to see how far they have come in their first Premier League season. Away form has improved this half of the campaign so they will hope to bounce back at misfiring Tottenham. UP ONE

No 13: Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool

Liverpool: Kenny Dalglish

Pressure is mounting on Dalglish after the embarrassing defeat at home to Wigan leaves Liverpool looking down the table in seventh spot rather than up. They can’t afford to lose again at Newcastle next who, a place above, could pull 11 points clear. UP FIVE

No 14: Arsene Wenger – Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Another UEFA ban may be on the way for Wenger but that is about the only bad news at Arsenal. Not since 2007 have they won seven straight league games and another victory at QPR will make it eight for the first time since the ‘invincibles’ season. DOWN TWO

No 15: Tony Pulis – Stoke City

Tony Pulis

Judging by the way Pulis’ side got stuck into Manchester City, Stoke are not on the beach yet. In fact Peter Crouch’s sensational strike to hand the Potters the lead suggested he fancies a summer trip to Poland and Ukraine. Visit to Wigan next. DOWN ONE

No 16: Martin O'Neill – Sunderland

Sunderland: Martin O'Neill

Sunderland’s performance in their 2-0 home loss to Everton may be the biggest disappointment of O’Neill’s reign so far considering a Wembley FA Cup semi-final was at stake. Not the sort of result you want when you have to visit Manchester City next. UP ONE

No 17: Roberto Mancini – Manchester City

Manchester City: Roberto Mancini

Drawing at Stoke is not a bad result on paper but a win was needed and the title initiative seems to be slipping away from City. As good as they are at home, they are starting to drop too many points on the road. Sunderland next. UP TWO

No 18: David Moyes – Everton

Everton: David Moyes

Everton have a big chance to close the gap on Liverpool and Newcastle this weekend when they host West Brom. But all the talk around Merseyside is about the Everton v Liverpool semi-final at Wembley following the Toffees fantastic 2-0 win at Sunderland. DOWN THREE

No 19: Paul Lambert – Norwich City

Norwich City: Paul Lambert

It looked like Norwich were in a bigger crisis than everyone thought when they slipped behind against out-of-sorts Wolves. But a turnaround before half time sealed three points and effectively a place in the Premier League next season. DOWN THREE

No 20: Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United

Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson

While Fulham hardly threatened after the first 20 minutes in United’s 1-0 win, Ferguson’s troops were lucky to escape with three points following a laboured performance. Still they top the table as they visit Blackburn on Monday. NON-MOVER