IN CHARGE: Connor
NEW WOLVES manager Terry Connor believes he is the right man for the job because the players ‘have been comfortable’ working with him.
Connor has been at the club for the last 13 years and took charge of his first game on Saturday (February 25) away against Newcastle, which ended in a 2-2 draw, a result which he stated could ‘set us up for the rest of the season’.
The home side had gone into the break two goals up to the good but a spirited second-half comeback from Wolves, with goals from Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle deservedly drawing them level, saw the club move out of the relegation zone.
The 49-year-old Connor has never managed a club before but has been given 13 games to save the Black Country side and he admitted that the team found it easy to understand him.
“I think the continuity has been vital,” explained Connor.
“With a new manager there might have been a settling-in period, and it might just have taken a while to adapt.
“Because I’ve been there with these lads and dealt with them over a number of years, I think it was easier for them to understand what was required on Saturday.
“We know how to stay in the Premier League. We’ve done it for the last two years. I think I’m the right man for the last 13 games because I’ve been here for 13 years and the lads have been comfortable working with me – we didn’t need any time to bed in.”
Republic of Ireland striker Doyle backed up Connor’s claims, declaring:
“It would have been very difficult to get someone new in to get us across the line, but everybody knows Terry and we’re 100 per cent behind him.”
And Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott also heaped praise on his former coach, describing him as: “One of the most influential coaches I have worked with in my career — and that includes everyone I have worked with. I owe him a lot. He’s a proper football man and probably one of the most knowledgeable about the game.”
Wolves’ next match is against Fulham at Craven Cottage on March 4 before they host 18th placed Blackburn on March 6 in a crucial game at Molineux.