The English game has seen the rise and fall of many great football clubs. For example; Leeds and Portsmouth but the most recent example is Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolverhampton in 2009 had been promoted to the Premier League with Mick McCarthy at the helm, under the ownership of the man who bought the club in 2007, Steve Morgan. The club finances were secure and over the next few seasons the club would go on to break its transfer record on the likes of Kevin Doyle, Steve Fletcher and Roger Johnson.
Mick McCarthy's management saw the team finish 15th in their first season in top flight with Doyle finishing on nine goals. This was above the early expectations of many fans and pundits, who believed Wolves would be relegated before a ball was kicked.
With the acquisition of Fletcher and Stephen Hunt in the 2010-2011 season saw expectations of the fans rise further as many believed Wolves could now move up the table. The season started brightly with Wolves winning their first game of the season and drawing their next two to leave them fourth in the league. This was the peak of Wolverhampton's Premier League experience under Big Mick as Wolves season began to plummet and they finished in 17th place.
During the 2011/2012 season with McCarthy still the manager and some new additions such as Johnson many expected Wolves to kick on and finish in the mid table positions but once again despite a strong start Wolves would begin to fall.
This board had put pressure on the Irish manager and the fans had grown tired of his negative tactics. Finally a mixture of fan expectations, negative tactics, a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of local rivals West Bromwich Albion and boardroom demands led to Mick McCarthy being fired and replaced by the inexperienced Terry Connor.
Connor was an unpopular choice with the fans who had expected a big name signing or at least the signing of Alan Curbishley. The team continued to perform poorly and at the end of the season they were relegated to the championship.
Terry Connor was quickly sacked and replaced with Norwegian coach Ståle Solbakken. There was a new found belief in the club with many thinking Solbakken would lead Wolves to promotion on the first attempt.
Key players Matt Jarvis and Fletcher were sold but the club had brought in Bakary Sako and looked to adopt a more creative and attacking playing style. The 2012/2013, despite the early positivity had be plagued by injuries and bad form. Many players such as Johnson and Jamie O'Hara didn't seem to want to play for a team in the Championship.
Solbakken was sacked by January after a run of poor form in the league and a poor run in the cup. Solbakken was swiftly replaced by Dean Saunders, who was Mick McCarthy 2.0. The team reverted to long ball tactics and despite this new negative outlook, they were relegated for a second successive season.
2013/2014 brought a new experience for many Wolves fans as they are now in the League One. Saunders was fired and replaced with Kenny Jackett an experienced manager from Millwall. Kenny has given youth a chance with Danny Batth and Leigh Griffiths shining brightly this season.
The club's stadium holds 30,000, its facilities are Premier League standard and the club is in a secure financial position, yet despite this the club has fallen to the third tier of English football.
After an impressive start to the season the club sit joint top but with only two wins in ten games. This bad form has led many to question Jackett's leadership but with the club currently on its fourth manager since McCarthy it seems the fans should remain patient and give Jackett the time to build his own team.
Although this article has mainly been outlining the fall of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, readers must also understand that the team today have a solid core of promising young players such as Danny Batth, Griffiths and Doherty and they have the financial muscle and facilities to attract quality players for the future. So although Wolves have fallen, we may see a revival in the future. It could be only be a matter of time before Wolves bite back.
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