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Friday, 08 August 2008

Championship 2008-09 Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Having narrowly missed out on a play-off spot last term, Mick McCarthy knows that a similar failing is unlikely to be tolerated this term. The January signing of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake looks to have provided Wolves with the regular goalscorer they so desperately needed, while the addition of Chris Iwelumo and young Sam Vokes provides further striking options. McCarthy’s squad looks to be one of the strongest in the Championship and, although expectations are always high at Molineux, promotion looks to be well within their capabilities.

MANAGER: Mick McCarthy (appointed 21 July 2006)

STADIUM: Molineux

IN: Sam Vokes (Bournemouth); Richard Stearman (Leicester City); David Jones (Derby County); Chris Iwelumo (Charlton Athletic)

OUT: Keith Lowe (out of contract); Kevin O'Connor (out of contract); Gary Breen (out of contract); Freddy Eastwood (Coventry City); Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen); Seyi George Olofinjana (Stoke City); Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff City); Lee Collins (Port Vale – loan); Rob Edwards (Blackpool); Matt Bailey (Burton Albion - loan); Elliott Bennett (Bury - loan)

LEAGUE RECORD 2007-08 (Championship):

HOME AWAY
W D L F A W D L F A PTS POS
11 6 6 31 25 7 10 6 22 23 70 7

PREDICTION: 2nd

COMMENTS

John Evans

I sincerely hope McCarthy and his team get it right this time!
The squad he has put together should be capable of sustaining a season long challenge for promotion but where Wolves are concerned, where have we heard that before? Wolves are almost perennial bookies 'favourites' for promotion but when the final table is compiled their name is invariably not amongst the teams promoted!
So 2008-9 could be the season to change it all around. Expectations in Wolverhampton are always high but then expectations win nothing, teams have to perform, compete and win matches, any other way and yet another season in the Championship will beckon and for Wolves fans that is something we have for too many years tolerated but not wanted.
Every supporter wants to see their team promoted but for 2008-9 may the best teams gain promotion but obviously I hope one of them is WWFC!

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