English Premier League: Does Anyone Want the Wolverhampton Job?

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2012

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Sunderland manager Steve Bruce ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Wigan Athletic at Stadium of Light on November 26, 2011 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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There have only been three managers in 11 years at Wolverhampton Wanderers and right now, the club finds itself in a strange situation, as they still do not have a manager after Mick McCarthy was let go last week.

McCarthy was at the club since 2006 and led them back into the Premier League after winning the 2008-09 Championship title, but Wolves have struggled to solidify a place in England's top flight.

In their first season back in the Premier League, Wolves finished in 15th place, but last season they barely survived by finishing in 17th place and having to secure another season in the league on the last day.

Now, with the club battling relegation yet again, the club sit in 18th place with 21 points at this point, McCarthy was let go and the search for a new manager is still going on.

After losing 5-1 to West Brom on Feb. 12, McCarthy was fired the following Monday and Terry Connor was named caretaker manager, and with two weeks to fill the managerial void, most thought Wolves would have hired someone at this point, but it seems like no one wants the job.

With almost every unemployed former Premier League manager and every hotshot manager in the lower divisions being targeted, no one has accepted an offer from the Midlands club.

Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce and former West Ham manager Alan Curbishley seemed to be the favorites for the job but neither have been hired yet and with every day in the coaching search, another manager comes out to say he rejected the job.


First, Reading's Brian McDermott signed a new contract with his current club ending speculation he would depart for the Molineux Stadium.

Next came, who was once second in charge at Tottenham who denied interest in the Wolves job.

Even experienced out of work managers like will not help guide the club from safety.

So, the question now is where do Wolves go from here?

There are two ways that they can go: learn from Blackburn's experiment with Steve Kean, who was once a caretaker manager and then appointed on a permanent basis, or go after an established manager.

With Bruce and Curbishley seeming like the only other candidates that have not said no yet, it may be the time to give caretaker manager Connor a chance at managing the club.

It is clear that Connor will be in charge for this weekend's clash with Newcastle and if he impresses the board, why not give him a shot.

At this point, Wolves are desperate to find a new manager, and if Steve Bruce is not the man for the job and no one else wants to be with the club, the ownership at the Molineux Stadium should give Connor a test run with a club that needs a fresh face and is looking like they will be back in the Championship regardless of who is in charge.