The Wolves winger Matt Jarvis said yesterday that the club's caretaker manager, Terry Connor, remained "the man for the job" despite the club's slide to the bottom of the Premier League. The Midlands club have conceded 14 goals in four games under Connor and they suffered their 10th home defeat of the season in a 5-0 hammering by the league leaders, Manchester United, on Sunday.
There has been speculation that Connor's position could come under threat even though he has been placed in charge until the end of the season as a temporary replacement for Mick McCarthy, who was sacked after a 5-1 home defeat by local rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Jarvis was adamant that Connor retained the backing of the whole squad ahead of this weekend's vital match against Norwich at Carrow Road. "It is not easy for TC," he said, "but we are all behind him, working hard and giving 100 per cent for him, ourselves and the club. He is still the man for the job, of course he is. He knows us all and is doing everything to turn things around.
"We are the same and hopefully we can repay him for his efforts and keep Wolves up. We are not going to give up. You see positive signs in training and from the shape of the team and the work-rate. Everyone knows their jobs and are working for each other. We just need to get a result, a bit of good fortune, and hopefully that will kick-start things."
Wolves hope the midfielders Karl Henry and Nenad Milijas will be available for the Norwich game. The pair are set to return to training after making good progress from hamstring and thigh injuries respectively. The club are still awaiting news on the fitness of another midfielder, David Davis, who suffered a suspected broken rib in the loss to United.
Meanwhile, the midfielder Jamie O'Hara has been ruled out of action for a further four weeks with his ongoing groin problem. O'Hara has struggled to regain full fitness since undergoing surgery in December and has required painkilling injections to play after returning to action last month.
Connor said yesterday that O'Hara was to undertake a "four-week rehabilitation programme", in order to ensure that he is firing on all cylinders on his return, in time for the season's finale.
O'Hara had already used Twitter to indicate he would not return until 100 per cent fit, after missing the 5-0 hammering by United. He has struggled to reproduce his best form because of the injury and was confronted by angry fans outside Molineux after a 2-0 defeat by Blackburn 10 days ago.
Connor said: "Jamie is going to go through a rehabilitation programme to give his groin the chance to get 100 per cent right. I think they're looking at a four-week programme. It would be great if it was only two or three weeks but he will need time to recover and rehab properly so that when he comes back he's firing on all cylinders."
Wolves have been jinxed by injuries in central midfield, losing the Arsenal loanee Emmanuel Frimpong to a season-ending knee injury as well as Milijas, Henry and Davis to shorter-term problems. O'Hara said on Twitter: "Since I've come back from it [the injury], I've had to have injections for games and haven't been able to train. I haven't been able to play at the levels I expect from myself so I've decided until I'm 100 per cent in my groins then I'll be out. I probably came back too early cos I was so desperate to play and help the team."