P10 W0 D2 L8… but Connor is on the shortlist for Wolves job
08:34 GMT, 24 April 2012
Terry Connor has not been ruled out of becoming Wolves’ boss on a permanent basis, despite the fact that he has yet to win a game since taking sole charge.
Tears were forming in the caretaker manager’s eyes after relegation was confirmed at Molineux two days ago but it seems that he has impressed the decision-makers at the club with his approach since taking over from Mick McCarthy.
Connor has not won in ten attempts since succeeding the former Republic of Ireland boss and now has just three games left to break his barren spell before the season’s end.
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However, chief executive Jez Moxey has paid tribute to Connor, indicating that he will be on the shortlist.
Moxey said: 'Terry is a Wolves man through and through. He has been with this club for 13 years and given us outstanding service. He is a football man.
'People such as Joleon Lescott, our former defender, took the opportunity to talk up Terry’s credentials in the run-up to the game against Manchester City. It goes without saying that no-one put words in Joleon’s mouth. That was an honest opinion, freely given. It is remarkable how many people have shared similar thoughts in public.
'Terry has great integrity and was handed a hard task. But he has faced up to difficult situations -such as the one that unfortunately presented itself with Roger Johnson – and dealt with them as he saw fit with the best intentions of Wolverhampton Wanderers always uppermost in his mind.
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'We will be sitting down with Terry at the end of the season and getting his thoughts on the way forward.
'At this stage, no-one has been ruled in or out of the job. I think that answers where we are with regard to Terry.'
Wolves’ chief executive added that it was “hypothetical” now to discuss the rights and wrongs of McCarthy’s sacking.
But he said that part of the review of the management structure could see Wolves follow the lead of neighbours West Bromwich Albion who have successfully introduced the role of sporting director to oversee future player recruitment.
Tale of two managers: Connor took over when Mick McCarthy (right) was sacked
'With regards to Mick, we can all be smart after the event,' he said. 'There was a lot of debate at the time about it, but it’s hypothetical now. The decision was taken.
'We have to move forwards. A man far more wise than me once said: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in getting up every time we do.”
'This is football. We will be back on our feet in no time.'
Asked whether there may be an overhaul of the coaching structure, Moxey added: 'At the moment, that is under review. So I think that gives you a clue.'