Michel Platini’s plans criticised by Jez Moxey

17 05 2010

Wolves spent around £18m on nine players last summer.

Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey has spoken against the proposed rules by UEFA President Michel Platini that would put a cap on clubs’ spending power.

Platini plans to curb spending in an attempt to reduce the amount of debt that clubs are in.

Moxey thinks that the Premier League must keep its own identity as the best league in the world and the best way of doing that is by keeping the current model.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “What we must not do is allow any regulation that is being put forward by Europe, in a potential reaction to the success of English clubs in Europe over the last three or four years” said Moxey. “(They want) to create some artificial mechanism under the pretence that we are trying to look after the finances of football and create a situation where in reality the status quo is maintained forever.

“That is something that is on the horizon that we’ve got to look at.

‘‘The great thing about the English model and the Premier League is that you have an opportunity to create dreams, because if ownerships want to invest in clubs to get above their normal pecking-order they are able to do that. And in a free market you should be able to do that.

“What happens is when one or two clubs try that and fail miserably, that shouldn’t necessarily stop a model that has been very successful for English football.

“I think all of us are too keen to knock our own product. The reason the Premier League is broadcast to over 200 countries every week is because it is the most exciting league in the world. Why? Because of all the component parts of it.

“Where you get a Roman Abramovich who comes in and turns Chelsea into the force it is today, you get Manchester United who have been like a machine for years and years and you get a Fulham, a Wigan that, in terms of history, are over-achieving.

“We must create an environment that allows those dreams to continue because if you ever got a situation where a mechanism was in place, that meant because you base it – let’s say you can only spend a percentage of your turnover, what will happen is that Manchester United will remain No.1 for ever and a day. We mustn’t allow that to happen.”

Wffs Blog: My Wolves retained list

10 05 2010

Wolves can officially sign players from July 1.

Ok so now the season is over it’s time for Mick McCarthy to decide who he keeps in his squad for next season. He needs to base this on a few factors:

  1. There is a squad cap of 25 players next season and that has to include at least eight home-grown players. A home-grown player is someone irrespective of their nationality that has been with an English or Welsh club for three years prior to their 21st birthday.
  2. From January 2011 Wolves can supplement their squad with as many U21s as they wish. I would expect the academy lads to be added to the squad then
  3. He has already said he is targeting four or five signings which means he has around 20/21 players to pick from his existing squad.

Here is who I would keep:


Marcus Hahnemann, Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme and Matt Murray (On nothing more than a pay as you play deal)


Kevin Foley, Ronald Zubar, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Richard Stearman, Stephen Ward and George Elokobi


Michael Kightly, Karl Henry, Nenad Milijas, Michael Mancienne, Adlene Guedioura, Dave Edwards and Matt Jarvis


Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Chris Iwelumo and Andy Keogh

Depending on whether any of the following go on loan spells, I would expect these players to be added to the squad in January 2011

John Dunleavy, Danny Batth, Ashley Hemmings, James Spray, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Scott Malone and Sam Winnall.

This means Wolves would:

Send back

Geoffrey Mujangi-Bia and Segundo Castillo from their loan spells.


Andrew Surman, Sam Vokes, Jason Shackell, Greg Halford, David Jones, Matt Hill, George Friend and Stefan Maierhofer.


Daniel Jones, Kyle Bennett and Mark Little


1 Left Back, 1 Centre Back, 1 Right Winger, 1 Left Winger, 1 Striker

Free agents that Wolves could sign this summer

10 05 2010
With the season now over, attention will turn to Wolves’ “four or five” signings this summer.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the players who are available on a bosman free transfer who are currently at Premier League clubs.

Who would you like? Leave your comments below. 

Player Position Status
Sol Campbell Defender TBA
Philippe Senderos Defender TBA
Mikael Silvestre Defender TBA
Aston Villa
Andy Marshall Goalkeeper TBA
Wilfred Bouma Defender TBA
Marlon Harewood Forward TBA
Maik Taylor Goalkeeper TBA
Stuart Parnaby Defender TBA
Lee Carsley Midfielder Will leave at end of season
Garry O’Connor Forward TBA
Kevin Phillips Forward TBA
Yildiray Basturk Midfielder TBA
Morten Gamst Pedersen Midfielder TBA
Paul Robinson Defender TBA
Gavin McCann Midfielder TBA
Tamir Cohen Midfielder TBA
Stuart Holden Midfielder TBA
Joey O’Brien Midfielder TBA
Ivan Klasnic Forward TBA
Ricardo Vaz Te Forward TBA
Brian Jensen Goalkeeper TBA
Stephen Caldwell Defender TBA
Clarke Carlisle Defender TBA
Graham Alexander Defender TBA
Michael Duff Defender TBA
Joey Gudjonsson Midfielder Released
Robbie Blake Forward TBA
Steven Thompson Forward TBA
Michael Ballack Midfielder TBA
Joe Cole Midfielder TBA
Juliano Belletti Midfielder TBA
Iain Turner Goalkeeper TBA
Carlo Nash Goalkeeper TBA
Pascal Zuberbuhler Goalkeeper TBA
Jonathan Greening Midfielder TBA
Simon Davies Midfielder TBA
Andranik Teymourian Midfielder TBA
Erik Nevland Forward TBA
David Elm Forward TBA
Nick Barmby Midfielder TBA
George Boateng Midfielder TBA
Richard Garcia Midfielder TBA
Ian Ashbee Midfielder TBA
Fabio Aurelio Defender TBA
Man City
Sylvinho Defender TBA
Martin Petrov Midfielder TBA
Patrick Vieira Midfielder TBA
Antti Niemi Goalkeeper Released
David James Goalkeeper TBA
Jamie Ashdown Goalkeeper TBA
Hermann Hreidarsson Defender TBA
Steve Finnan Defender TBA
Ricardo Rocha Defender TBA
Angelos Basinas Midfielder TBA
Nwankwo Kanu Forward TBA
Liam Lawrence Defender TBA
Salif Diao Midfielder TBA
Amdy Faye Midfielder TBA
Ricardo Fuller Forward TBA
John Mensah Defender TBA
Boudewijn Zenden Midfielder TBA
Benjani Forward TBA
Ben Alnwick Goalkeeper TBA
Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper TBA
Dorian Dervite Defender TBA
Eidur Gudjohnsen Forward TBA
West Ham
Jordan Spence Defender TBA
Luis Boa Morte Midfielder TBA
Mido Forward Released
Ilan Forward TBA
Guillermo Franco Forward TBA
Zavon Hines Forward TBA
Wigan Athletic
Richard Kingson Goalkeeper TBA
Mike Pollitt Goalkeeper TBA
Vladimir Stojkovic Goalkeeper TBA
Mario Melchiot Defender TBA
Steve Gohouri Defender TBA
Ben Watson Midfielder TBA
Tomasz Kupiski Forward TBA