So a new dawn is upon us, and with it comes yet another new Wolves manager. This time its ex Villa, Norwich and Blackburn boss Paul Lambert. Mixed reaction from fans on this one, I for one am happy with the appointment because its not Nigel Pearson, but that’s by the by, onto the new gaffer.
In my opinion its a great appointment from the Wolves board, why? Well, he has bags of experience in the Championship, managing both Norwich and Blackburn in the league, even leading Norwich to promotion to the Premier League, and then making them into a stable Premier League side for a few years. Any manager who guides a team to promotion from the Championship to Premier League is surely a worthwhile candidate for any job in the Championship. Will he be the right man for us, here’s hoping he will be.
The Wolves job is a poison chalice, any manager who takes the job is either mad, or a very brave son of a gun. We all know football is a results business and results are hard to come by in the Championship if you are on a bad run, and Wolves are a team on a bad run, at the time of writing this we are on a 8 game winless run with Paul Lambert taking charge of the 0-0 draw away at Preston, which wasn’t a bad point given Lambert had a number of his players on International duty during the first week he had been in charge, so he hadn’t seen everyone train so he could only pick from what he saw. His first team selection was a bit of a surprise, he gave a start to Young starlet Bright Enobakhare and gave him a good 70 minutes in the game. He also brought back Jack Price (FANTASTIC CHOICE) all be it leaving out Romain Saiss who has been one of our best players since joining. The important thing for his first game in charge was to not lose, which nearly became reality in the dying seconds of the game when Kourtney Hause slipped over and gifted their striker a chance to score, luckily he missed, phew.
Lambert has a tough run up to Christmas, 5 games, 2 at home and 3 away. We all know there is no easy game in the Championship, so it will be tough to stop the rot and get a win against Sheffield Wednesday, a team in good form, but with another week of training with all the players back, the team selection will be very interesting to see.
I will fully get behind Lambert, and with the backing of the new owners he should have no problem moulding a team that can compete in the Championship.
So is he the answer? Its to early to tell, but with the right backing from the fans, board and the team, he should have no problems.
All the best Mr Lambert.