Q&A With Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • October 23, 2012 | By Kennster
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Bolton travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night and we have got the views of an opposition fan ahead of the game.

After picking up three points against Bristol City on Saturday, Bolton travel to Molineux looking to secure back-to-back victories for the first since this season.

Standing in their way are a Wolves side who have taken to Championship football pretty well under the management of new boss Stale Solbakken, with the Midlands club currently occupying fifth place in the table.

Ahead of Tuesday evening's trip to Molineux, we have been over to wolvesforum.co.uk, where AlexWWFC shares his views on Solbakken, Mick McCarthy and the chances of either club achieving promotion.

Q: Wolves are currently 5th in the Championship. How has the season been for you so far?

A: After the disastrous season in which we got relegated, this season's key word was always going to be 'Patience', with a lot of changes on and off the field with a new foreign manager, backroom staff, a lot of ins and outs in the transfer window, along with Solbakken's totally different style of play to the previous McCarthy and Connor era.

So, overall, to be 5th and it still feel like we haven't got out of first gear yet, it's a good time to be a Wolves fan.

Q: Owen Coyle was recently sacked as Bolton manager and Mick McCarthy is one of the favourites to replace him. If he was appointed as manager, what should we expect?

A: Mick did a great job for Wolves in the Championship and I'm sure he would do just as well for Bolton or whoever he ends up with. Unfortunately, his lack of tactical knowledge that the young foreign managers have is the reason he will always struggle in the Premier League.

In terms of playing style? In the Championship, you can expect 4-4-2 with fast wingers bombing it down to the byline and putting in lots of crosses for the strikers. High pressure, due to his preference to pick work-rate over technique.

You will most likely see Mark Davies leave as a result of his appointment, as well, as it was McCarthy who sold him from us to you.

McCarthy is very much backs against the wall in the Premier League, so, if you want to avoid relegation, he may get a couple seasons lucky, but you won't progress any further, just like Wolves didn't.

Q: Which Wolves player(s) should Bolton be most wary of on Tuesday night?

A: Carl Ikeme has been outstanding so far this season, so your strikers will need their shooting boots on.

Roger Johnson will be our biggest threat on corners. Tongo Doumbia is basically Yaya Toure without all the media hype. Jermaine Pennant and Bakary Sako are two wingers who should be in the Premier League.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake only needs the slightest of chances in the Championship to score, but, if on form, Kevin Doyle truly is outstanding and holds the key to us winning. If the ball sticks to him like it often does, he will either create a good chance or draw out a foul. You want to hope it's creates a chance, because set-pieces are our strongest asset with Sako and Pennant both capable of great delivery and scoring themselves from free-kicks.

Bjorn Sigurdarson, who will most likely be on the bench, is one to watch as well, if he's raring to go.


Q: Do you think that the club regret not appointing a manager, rather than Terry Connor?

A: The club will certainly regret sacking McCarthy and all the rubbish that followed. However, if that hadn't happened, then we wouldn't have got the wake up call that we so badly needed.

A clear out, new ideas and a fresh start is what we needed and we now have it with Solbakken.

Q: Were you surprised by the appointment of Stale Solbakken?

A: Yes. I'd never heard of him but he has an incredible CV for such a young manager, winning something like 6 Danish titles in 7 seasons, before an impossible task of saving FC Koln with all their off field problems, which could have killed his career.

He is extremely popular in Scandinavia and Roy Hodgson also holds him in high regard. It feels like exciting times ahead for Wolves in the Solbakken era.

Q: Which Bolton players do you think Solbakken will be pinpointing at a threat?

A: I've not followed Bolton much so I'm unsure of the usual starters this season.

I presume Mark Davies and Chris Eagles, however it's unlike Solbakken to try and drown out one individual and the way he sets the team up is to reduce space and options with narrow high pressure.

If you have someone who drops in between midfield and the strikers they will be key if you wish to grab all 3 points.

Q: After relegation last season, do you think either club can achieve promotion?

A: I believed that both teams would be in or around the top 6 come the end of the season and it be Blackburn who would struggle.

Wolves, so far, are showing that they will be around there come the end of the season, so promotion is a possibility.

I think it depends on who you appoint as manager. You will need someone who is going to get a positive reaction out of the players and fans with his arrival to spur the team on to a good run of form, if you wish to challenge for promotion.

Q: What score do you think will be on Tuesday night?
A: Going on the basis of you being managerless come Tuesday and positions in the table, I'll say 2-0 to Wolves.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Alex for volunteering to answer our questions. You can get the views of more Wolves fans by checking out our Q&A thread at wolvesforum.co.uk.

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