Wolves manager hunt continues following set backs
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Wolves continue to be frustrated in their bid to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy with hopes of securing the services of Alan Curbishley and Brian McDermott having faded, Press Association Sport understands.
The midlands club made a second attempt yesterday to lure initial favourite Curbishley to Molineux and it led to the bookmakers reinstating him as a leading candidate.
But the former Charlton and West Ham manager repeated his reasons for pulling out of the race in the first place - a lack of a shared vision for the future with club owner Steve Morgan.
Reading boss McDermott was also on the radar of Morgan and Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey.
McDermott had impressed the duo with the way he turned the Royals into a promotion-chasing force on limited resources.
But the 50-year-old is set to sign an improved new contract at the Madejski Stadium to replace his current 12-month rolling deal.
The £2million compensation fee Brighton would demand for Gus Poyet, who is in the first season of a five-year deal, was also a major stumbling block to any potential interest in the Uruguayan.
But in any case Wolves are intending to revert to their original plan of seeking a manager with top-flight experience to replace McCarthy. It leaves former Sunderland, Birmingham and Wigan boss Steve Bruce, who yesterday relocated in the Birmingham area, as the bookmakers' favourite.
But Bruce has become increasingly frustrated at receiving no contact from Morgan or Moxey since his initial interview on Friday.
He has also received a negative reaction from some sections of Wolves fans over his possible appointment.
Morgan and Moxey are believed to be talking to other potential candidates and the likes of Blackpool's Ian Holloway and Birmingham's Chris Hughton have been linked with Wolves.
But attempting to sign up a manager already in work could be a lengthy process and Wolves do not have time on their side as they strive to move out of the Premier League bottom three.
Caretaker boss Terry Connor now looks likely to be in charge of Saturday's game at Newcastle and will conduct the pre-match press conference at the club's training ground tomorrow.
McCarthy was sacked 10 days ago in a split boardroom vote after five-and-a-half years at Molineux.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners given boost in hunt for Marco Reus, why Wenger signed Gabriel Paulista, no move for Cheick Tiote
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Danny Ings to Liverpool: Burnley striker wants move but loan-back is illegal, says Premier League
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures