Solbakken sacked by Wolves

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken has been fired after just six

months in the job following their 1-0 FA Cup loss at Luton.

The Norwegian boss only took charge at Molineux in the summer

but had been presiding over a terrible run of form and a Cup defeat

to non-league opposition turned out to be the final straw for the

board.

Sky Bet swiftly installed Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders as

odds-on favourite to take over, though the League One side later

took to Twitter to declare that they had received “no official

approach”.

Wolves are on a run of just three wins from 17 games and, far

from challenging for an immediate return to the top flight, they

are in danger of slipping into relegation trouble.

The Midlands side are 18th in the Championship at present, six

points clear of the drop zone.

Wolves confirmed in a statement that Solbakken, assistant

manager Johan Lange, and first-team coach Patrick Weiser had all

been dismissed.

The statement added: “Wolves have won three out of the last 16

league games after a hugely disappointing run of performances and

results, culminating in Saturday’s FA Cup third round defeat to

Luton Town.

“Kevin Thelwell, Head of Football Development & Recruitment,

will take charge of first team training until a new manager is

appointed, assisted by Development Coach, Steve Weaver.

“The club would like to offer their thanks and best wishes to

Stale, Johan and Patrick. Wolves will be making no further comment

to the media at this current time.”

Speaking after the Luton defeat, Solbakken said: “There will be

a lot of questions over me but that is normal. That’s football and

I have to take that, it’s no problem. I can put it right.”

But Wolves bosses have decided to go in a different direction

and the club are now seeking a fourth manager in less than a year,

after the dismissal of Mick McCarthy last February and the short

reign of Terry Connor.