The wheels have well and truly come off down at Molineux.
A club of great tradition stands on the verge of creating a piece of history which is unwanted to say the least, becoming the first club in the history of the Football League to be relegated in successive seasons.
With Wolverhampton Wanderers now sitting second bottom of the Championship with nine games of the season remaining, there is an air of gloom and inevitability setting in this particular corner of the Midlands.
Last week, owner Steve Morgan offered to step down in order to improve the club's fortunes and relegation would be a devastating blow to all involved.
Having lost Matt Jarvis, Steven Fletcher and Michael Kightly to Premier League clubs in the summer following last season’s relegation, Wolves fans will be preparing themselves for the loss of more of their most prized assets should the worst case scenario become a reality.
Here's a look at those most likely to seek pastures new . . .
The Republic of Ireland frontman has had a poor season with only five goals to his name this term, but has proved himself before and will catch the eye of some Premier League clubs should Wolves drop another level. Linked with Manchester United in the past, those days are now gone but others should be interested in the 29-year-old striker.
The Wolves stopper has caught the eye of some of the Premier League big boys before, with Arsenal strongly linked to the 26-year-old. Premier League interest is sure to resurface for the 6"6 Welsh ‘keeper who has been capped 38 times for his country.
Johnson set Wolves back £7m when he moved across the Midlands from Birmingham back in 2011. Not quite the fans favourite, captain Johnson has come in for stick for some of his lacklustre displays in a Wolves shirt, but could represent a bargain for a Premier League club willing to take a chance on the 29-year-old.
O’Hara’s career has stuttered to say the least from the player that forced his way into the first-team set-up at Tottenham, before playing a key role in Portsmouth’s ultimately unsuccessful bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League back in the 2009/10 season. His displays saw him voted Pompey’s 'Player of the Season', but back injuries have hampered his progress since. Still just 26 years of age, O’Hara still has plenty to offer and could rediscover his best form with a move away from Molineux.
Scottish international Berra moved south of the border to join Wolves from Hearts in 2009 for a fee believed to be £3m. Berra had a transfer request accepted by the Midlands club in the summer but no move prevailed. At 28 and looking to move on, his departure shouldn’t cost the earth for any potential suitors.
Whether or not Dean Saunders can keep Wolves in the Championship, it will be a struggle to keep hold of their best players, especially given their impact on the wage bill, so we can expect to see plenty of transfer activity at Molineux come the summer.
Personally my money’s on Karl Henry to Real Madrid . . .
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