Connor handed task of survival

The Wolves owner Steve Morgan has challenged caretaker manager Terry Connor to stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis after being appointed for the remainder of the season.

Connor will be in charge for the final 13 matches, starting with today's encounter at Newcastle, and given the task of keeping second-from-bottom Wolves in the Premier League.

The Midlands club have come in for criticism after failing to land an established manager as the sacked Mick McCarthy's replacement. But Morgan has faith in Connor, who has been at Molineux for 13 years. He said: "We believe we have made the right decision. At the moment it's an interim appointment but he's got a chance to stake a claim. We've got 13 cup finals left."