Disastrous Wolves manager preparing to face off with Real Madrid

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From leading out Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship to facing off with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu... Where did it go right for Stale Solbakken?

Sorry to disappoint, it is not Terry Connor who finds himself squaring off with Real Madrid this evening.

But the man who took over the Wolves job from Mick McCarthy's former assistant finds himself in that exact position, squaring off with Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid in the Champions League, an almost equally improbable scenario.

Solbakken was appointed by Wolves in summer 2012, bringing with him experience of five Danish title wins - but also a poor spell at German club Cologne where he had recently been dismissed.

His record at Wolves turned out to be a poor one, he was fired after an FA Cup defeat to non-league Luton Town in January - where they had gone into the game in 18th division in the Championship.

He was able to boast just 11 wins from 33 games in all competitions, with BBC reporter Pat Murphy saying at the time: "It was not a case of him losing the dressing room because I'm told he never found the dressing room. It was supposed to be a long term plan but the players never really got what he was about."

Solbakken's poor run in charge of the side just relegated from the Premier League set the tone for the remainder of the campaign, with the Midlands club ending up relegated from the Championship and into League One. He later blamed owner Steve Morgan for the team's plight.

So while Wolves did not bounce back from his unsuccessful time there, he certainly has.

He was appointed as manager at Danish side FC Copenhagen in August on a three-year deal, and has got off to a fine start defeated in just one of his first eight games.

Now he leads the side into battle at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday evening to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League, hoping to take advantage of the Spanish side's recent struggles and pull off an almighty upset.

Solbakken himself is known for his tough resolve. He suffered a heart attack in a training session in 2001 and had to end his playing career. We should not be surprised at his ability to bounce back from adversity.

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