Wolverhampton Wanderers have started to prepare for life in League One by releasing four of their star players

Midfielders Karl Henry and Jamie O'Hara have been transfer listed alongside defenders Roger Johnson and Steven Ward, all of whom featured in Wolves' Premier League campaign. 

But despite this, Wolves had a torrid time in the Championship last season, finishing 23rd after many had thought they would be challenging for promotion. 

Wolves appointed two managers last season following relegation from the Premier League in 2011. Norwegian Stale Solbakken lasted only five months, and was sacked in January. 

Solbakken's replacement Dean Saunders fared no better, being sacked after four months in May. 

Beside from the managerial changes, the players shouldered much of the blame too, with the likes of O'Hara and Johnson failing to perform after playing in the Premier League the season before. 

And following the releases, new manager Kenny Jackett looks ready to stamp his own authority on the Wolves squad, beginning by transfer-listing four of Wolves' most well-known players as the team return for the beginning of pre-season.

A statement on Wolves' official website read: "As a starting point to a reshaped squad. Wolves have confirmed that Karl Henry, Stephen Ward, Jamie O'Hara and Roger Johnson have officially been made available for transfer.

"Following the squad's return to pre-season training this morning, head coach Kenny Jackett spoke individually to the four players to inform them of his decision.

"Conversations had already taken place with the players' agents throughout the close season as Wolves prepare for the League One campaign," their statement continued. 


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