Wolverhampton Wanderers: Leadership is the key

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Leadership from the very top level is what Wolves are going to need to negotiate a season in League One.

Barring a miracle, or a very big win and some other results going their way, Wolves are going to be playing League One football next season which means they will follow Leeds United, Southampton and Norwich City in having all recently played in that division.

Something has gone badly wrong at Wolves this season, which is surprising considering the club has an established infrastructure as one of the bigger sides in the English game.

The time for dissection will come in the summer, but the way forward has to be leadership from the very top level.

Wolves are going to have to adjust to a League One budget which means they will have to cut certain luxuries they cannot afford and that’s a big decision which has to be made from the very top.

There are big calls to axe Dean Saunders as the current manager of the club, as he’s on a big contract and Wolves are going to need that cash to re-invest and stabilise throughout the summer and next year.

He is clearly not the manager who is going to perform the same sort of good work as Nigel Adkins did, taking Southampton out of League One and through to the Premier League in two seasons.

At a playing level there needs to be leadership, not just from the captain, but from every experienced player in the squad that starts next season.

There are going to be some young players in the side who will have already started to doubt themselves because it looks like they are going to be playing in a newly relegated team next year.

If self doubt kicks in around the squad, that can be very counter productive and it can be very damaging for the long term development of those players who should be focusing on driving the side forwards and not backwards.

Finally, leadership has to come from within various sections of supporters. The fans need to stay with the current group and repeats of the scenes following the last result cannot appear.

The fans have a very important job in terms of sticking with Wolves next season, going to all of the smaller grounds, getting behind any new manager and players and, with a typical cliché, becoming that 12th man.

Decisive and clear leadership from the powers that be at the club goes through to the manager, which gives him a clear plan over the squad to build to take the side back up and that in turn gives the fans a team they can believe in.

How should Wolves approach next season?

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