Wolves sack Dean Saunders following relegation to League One
The former Donacaster manager was unable to save the club from successive relegations
Tuesday 07 May 2013
Wolves have sacked manager Dean Saunders and have begun the search for their fifth permanent manager in less than 15 months.
Saunders, 48, replaced Stale Solbakken in January, but won just five of his 20 games in charge and could not prevent Wolves from dropping into npower League One, the club's second successive relegation.
The midlands club lost five of their last six matches of the season and former Doncaster boss Saunders is followed out of Molineux by assistant Brian Carey.
A statement released this morning on the club's website read: "Manager Dean Saunders has been informed by Wolves that his contract is to be terminated.
"The decision has been made following confirmation of Wolves' relegation to npower League One. Assistant manager Brian Carey will also be leaving the club.
"Wolves have now begun a recruitment process, which, in conjunction with the board, will be managed by head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell.
"The club will now take as long as is necessary to make this crucial appointment and there will be no publicly communicated timescales.
"Wolves would like to thank Dean and Brian for their efforts in what has been a very difficult period for everyone, and wish them both the very best for the future.
"The club will be making no further comment at this stage."
Wolves owner Steve Morgan sacked Mick McCarthy, who had spent five and a half years in charge, in February last year with the club struggling at the bottom end of the Barclays Premier League.
McCarthy's assistant Terry Connor was appointed until the end of that season, but Wolves were relegated to the npower Championship with three games remaining.
Connor was sacked the following July and Stale Solbakken, who had lost his job at Cologne the previous month, was charged with guiding Wolves straight back to the top flight.
But the Norwegian made little impact at Molineux and after just half a season, with the club lying 18th in the Championship in January, he too was sacked and replaced two days later by Saunders.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Saunders, who began his managerial career at Wrexham, took over as Doncaster manager in September 2011.
He was unable to halt Doncaster's slide into npower League One last season, but galvanised the South Yorkshire club and steered them into second place in the table before leaving to take charge of Wolves.
Doncaster secured an instant return to the npower Championship with victory at Brentford on the final day of the season under Brian Flynn, who has since stood down as Rovers manager.
More to follow...
Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax
Latest in Sport
Phillip Hughes: #putoutyourbats tribute sees Twitter users pay their respects to Hughes including Graeme Swann and David Warner
Phil Hughes dead: List of players who have tragically died on the cricket pitch
Nani transfer: No future for winger at Sporting Lisbon as club cannot afford his wages when loan deal with Manchester United runs out
This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Phillip Hughes death: UK company Masuri say Australian opener was wearing 'outdated helmet'
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'