Wolves bites

31 03 2010

Molineux's current capacity stands at 29,303.

Wolves have secured a 999-year lease on Molineux Stadium.

Wolves are looking to expand the capacity of Molineux to around 40,000 but they are yet to announce any formal redevelopment plans.

Councillor Neville Patten said: “Jez (Moxey) has praised Wolverhampton and said Wolves are looking to spend £40m. I understand they’re in talks with the University over buying some land at the back of Molineux as well.”

Wolves owner Steve Morgan bought Peal House, the former Carillion building on the corner of Waterloo Road, in January. The city council last night agreed to extend the lease to 999 years from 125 years.

Patten added: “This means any developers who may want to put money in know that their investment will last. It also prevents the stadium from being moved out of the city centre.”

Wolves are looking to expand the capacity of Molineux to around 40,000 but they are yet to announce any formal redevelopment plans.

*Wolves have announced an open training session at Molineux on Friday April 16th.

*Beverley Knight has been booked to perform at the end of season dinner. The event takes place at Telford’s International Centre on Tuesday May 4th.

*Wolves have sold out their 2,900 allocation for the away game vs Fulham.


Neil Emblen’s views on Wolves from New Zealand

31 03 2010

In the second part of this week’s series of views from Wolves old boys: Neil Emblen shares his views on the club at the moment, the contact he still keeps with Chief Executive Jez Moxey and his hope of watching Wolves play in the Premier League

Emblen scoring against Sheffield United at Molineux during his time at Wolves.

Neil Emblen made 123 appearances for Wolves during a three-year spell at Molineux and he says there is plenty of Premier League exposure in New Zealand where he is a player/coach for Waitakere United.

He said : “We are lucky enough to see a lot of the Premier League on Sky NZ. We have six live matches on every weekend. The only problem is that they are in the middle of the night!”

Emblen has however seen enough of Wolves to give his thoughts on the club’s second ever Premier League campaign.

Emblen added: “I think they have been superb. Mick McCarthy has led the boys really well and made sure the spine of the team has been strong. Marcus Hahnemann has been a revelation, Jody Craddock has held the defence together and has proved many past doubters totally wrong and Karl Henry, the local lad who leads by example and puts in a truck load of work each week.

“The signing of Kevin Doyle probably raised a few eyebrows but what a signing! Firstly, he has a Paul Dickov type work rate giving defenders no time to dwell on the ball which the Wolves fans love but he also has a superb eye for goal and a great touch. Mick McCarthy has done a fantastic job and his team typifies him as a man; hardworking, honest and up for the challenge.”

The Bromley-born utility man think Wolves have done enough to survive this season and as long as they can keep the key players fit, they should be fine.

Emblen added: “I think they will (stay up). The team is showing a real togetherness to survive and I think they will stay up for sure as long as the above key players stay fit.”

With there being a huge squad overhaul since Emblen left Molineux nearly ten years ago, there are not many of the playing staff left besides ‘keeper Matt Murray. Emblen has also previously admitted he was going to make an early return to England when he applied to replace Chris Evans as academy manager. However Wolves cited that they wanted a more experienced candidate.

Emblen said: “There are not many players left from my time, only really Matt Murray remains at the club. I have exchanged a few emails with Jez Moxey wishing the club all the best and congratulating them on the triumphs of promotion last season. I keep in contact with plenty of Wolves people via Facebook and I hope they are enjoying what looks to be wonderful season.”

Emblen scored ten goals during his time at Molineux and will be hoping to see his successors scoring a few when he returns for a holiday in September.

He said: “I am back for a couple of weeks this September and I’m hoping I will be able to watch the boys in the Premier League.”

*Check back tomorrow for another exclusive interview – this time with ex-Wolves midfielder Simon Osborn.

Wolves reserves beat Stoke City to seal second win of the season

30 03 2010

Goals from Sam Vokes, Geoffrey Mujangi Bia and Andy Keogh gave Wolves a 3-1 win over Stoke City

Wolves sit bottom of the Reserve League.

in the Barclays Premier Reserve League.

First teamers Vokes, Mujangi Bia, Keogh, Milijas, Edwards and Surman all gained valuable minutes at AFC Telford‘s New Bucks Head to keep them fresh if needed for the final run in.

Vokes opened the scoring with a deflected effort on 38 before Mujangi Bia doubled Wolves’ lead with a 25 yard shot on 76.

Andy Keogh rounded off the scoring shortly afterwards after beating the Potters goalkeeper form close range.

Wolves: McCarey, Halford, Reckford, Edwards, Stearman, Dunleavy, Surman, Milijas, Vokes, Keogh, Bia Mujangi.

Subs: Mendez Laing, Winnall, Forde, Griffiths.

Parton, Cohen, Wint, Jackson, Davies, McDonald, Lund, Nicholls, Mitchell, Moult, Foster (Alexander 58).

Subs: Harrison, Hedley, Stockhall, Sinclair.

My verdict: About time the reserves won a game. We always play fairly strong teams and never seem to come away with results which is quite worrying. Hopefully this will mean Keogh and Edwards are much closer to a return to the starting XI.

Kevin Foley enjoying his new role

30 03 2010

Foley has made 106 appearances for Wolves since moving from Luton Town in 2007.

Wolves defender come winger Kevin Foley is enjoying playing further up the field and feels he is now getting used to the position he is being deployed in due to Michael Kightly’s long-standing injury.

Foley has played in each of Wolves’ last 19 league games and is improving in his midfield role week by week.

He said: “The gaffer has said to me last couple of games try to stay up there – don’t be as honest trying to get back as a second full back because we need to break at times. In the last couple of games I’ve found myself supporting Kevin Doyle a bit more, but I think there was a lot of getting used to the position.”

It has now got the point where Foles is practicing his shooting in the warm up; something he never thought would be happening this season. He has been unlucky in recent weeks after hitting the woodwork at both Bolton and West Ham.

Foley added: “I find myself practising before games – you never thought I’d be doing that last season. It’s something you’ve got to work on and when you get the chances you’ve got to be able to take them. I said to myself ‘third time lucky’ when I take a shot because I’ve hit the post twice, so next time hopefully it creeps in rather than coming out.”

My verdict: Foley is starting to pick up form in his new position and is starting to bring others into play a little more. It is disapointing that our player of the year from 08/09 is playing out of position but hopefully he can revert to his favoured right back slot next season.

*Wolves fans are set to appear on Soccer AM this Saturday ahead of the team’s trip to Arsenal later that day. One of the fans, Ryan Leister, can’t wait to take his seat in the Luther Blissett stand. He told Wffs: “I cant wait but Im not excited as my mate Reeg who actually threw up when I told him the news, hopefully we’ll do our club proud.”

* Dave Edwards is to step up his comeback with another reserve outing tonight. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was also due to play but had to withdraw due to illness

* Home shirts are now only £10 at Wolves’ official club stores at Molineux and in Dudley Street.

Steve Froggatt praises Wolves’ achievements this season

29 03 2010

Froggatt was bought for £1,000,000 before leaving Wolves in 1998

Former winger Steve Froggatt has tipped Wolves to stay in the Premier League and points much of the success at striker Kevin Doyle. Froggatt believes Doyle could play for any Premier League club.

Froggatt made 111 appearances for Wolves during a spell four-year-spell at Molineux and he thinks what Mick McCarthy has done for Wolves is remarkable.

Froggatt said: “When you consider the constraints McCarthy was put under it has been a brilliant achievement. Kevin Doyle was a great signing, I think he could play for any Premier League club in the country at the moment. 

“Any team that comes up from the Championship and finishes fourth from bottom has done great. He (Mick McCarthy) has got together a really good and young team. The thing for me is that they all look really strong and fit. It would be great next year to see all four West Midlands clubs in Premier League next year if West Brom can get up which looks likely.

“Doyle has been Wolves’ best player all season. Jody Craddock’s experience has played a part and he’s scored a few goals as well which is great considering he’s a centre-half. When Kightly and Jarvis are fit they’re great. Players with pace frighten defences and Jarvis in particular has come to the fore in the last few weeks. The service he has delivered he has created chances for the team.”

Another one of Wolves’ unsung heroes Karl Henry has been praised by Froggatt who thought he was Wolves’ best player against Aston Villa last weekend.

He said: “I gave Karl Henry M.O.M in the Sky studio and he is now playing his best position. When he joined the club he was playing at right back and on the wing. It was not doing himself any favours. Now he gets through a hell of a lot of work and plays a hugely important part in the team. He has led by example all season.”

Wolves blacklisted by UK credit agency Riskdisk

29 03 2010


Chairman Steve Morgan bought Wolves for just £10.

Wolves’ credit rating has been “suspended” by UK credit agency Riskdisk according to a report in The Times.

Companies trading with the blacklisted clubs are advised to withdraw credit terms – but the rating only takes into account clubs’ publicly listed financial results, and only concerns the clubs’ operating companies, not their holding companies.

Rob McLaughlin, the director of Riskdisk, said: “The ratings do not predict what a wealthy backer may do. They are based on information available from sources such as Companies House and from the courts. There is no assumption made that a shareholder may put more money in.”

Wolves’ head of communications Matt Grayson said: “We are one of the most financially stable clubs in the Premier League, with a significant amount of cash in hand which sits on our balance sheet.”

The news comes in the week that European soccer’s governing body Uefa revealed the outline of its new “financial fair play” policy, aimed at protecting the game from the potentially crippling long-term effects of debt and limiting the inflationary influence of hyper-wealthy backers. Under the new terms, clubs will be expected to return to break-even figures via a staggered transition period. Losses will be expected not to exceed €15 million up to 2014 (€5 million over three seasons if not underwritten by club owners) and €10 million up to 2017. Uefa will reserve the right to exclude those clubs which fail to bring their finances under control from European competition. According to their most recently available accounts, fifteen Premier League clubs are currently operating at a loss.

Uefa inspectors will also be called in to investigate clubs where wages exceed 70 per cent of turnover, or where debt is in excess of annual revenue, in order to ascertain that such imbalances are sustainable. Clubs will no longer be allowed to harness debt other than to invest in infrastructural projects or to develop youth systems. Debt is an enormous problem in European football, particularly in the “big five” leagues: England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. According to figures released by Uefa as part of its European Footballing Landscape study, net debt across the continent – including so-called “soft loans” from benefactors – stands at around €7.7 billion.

My verdict: This can’t be good news for Wolves as it will damage their reputation as a financially sound club. However, Wolves have good people at the helm in Jez Moxey and chairman Steve Morgan so I will put my trust in them.

Wolves need to keep up their good form at Arsenal

28 03 2010

Wolves travel to Arsenal next weekend before facing rivals Stoke eight days later at Molineux.

Another good point and also a clean sheet at the sixth time of asking made sure that we are now up two places to 14th and more importantly five points clear of the drop zone.

You could even say we are effectively six points clear due to our relatively good goal difference of minus 22. It’s not bad in comparison to Hull’s minus 33, Burnley’s minus 34 and Wigan’s minus 30. It really could come down to that especially if everything is to play for on the final day of the season. The bookies are also starting to fancy us to stay up as our odds have lengthened to 9s, 10s and 11s to beat the drop.

It was a great atmosphere at Molineux yesterday as Wolves fans continuously cheered our team on after recent good performances away from. You would be mistaken to think that we had beaten Everton such was the cheer that greeted Mike Jones’ final whistle.

We rode our luck at times but the determination of people like George Elokobi and Jody Craddock to get in important positions at crucial times paid dividends.

I always thought it would be hard for either team to get a good passing game together as the midfield was so crowded. Both teams opted for five men in midfield and it just ended up being a bit scrappy at times..

Looking ahead…

Following the result yesterday I feel it’s so important to carry the good form into next weekend. Arsenal will be really up for the game as they know that either Manchester United or Chelsea will drop points in their lunchtime clash. You get the feeling we may have to park the bus and attempt to catch them on the counter attack as we did at Villa Park last weekend.

I think next week will be the same as when we went to Eastlands to face Manchester City at the start of the season.

Everyone was on a high after winning at Wigan and we just wanted to see Wolves put in a good performance. As it happened, Wolves only lost 1-0 and were unlucky not to have taken anything from the game. If Wolves can put in a similar showing next week that doesn’t damage our goal difference then I will come away happy.

I’m really looking forward to going down to the Emirates, it’s now only one of three Premier League grounds I haven’t been to and it looks like a great place to both play and watch football.  Here’s to another point (or three)!

Up the Wolves!!!