Evans: No return for Lee
Former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray says the next manager at
Molineux faces a “massive task” following the sacking of Dean
Saunders on Tuesday.
Wolves dismissed Saunders, who only took charge in January,
following the club’s relegation to League One, with Owen Coyle,
Darren Ferguson and Kenny Jackett – who resigned from his Millwall
post on Tuesday morning – installed as the early favourites to
Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who spent nearly three
years in charge at Wolves, has also been linked to a return to
And Murray, who retired in 2010 after an injury-plagued 12 years
at the club, said Wolves will find it difficult to bounce back.
“The Wolves players have to realise that in every single game
they’re going to be a massive scalp,” Murray said.
“In the Championship Wolves are a big scalp, but in League One
other clubs will go there desperate to play them and when they go
away to these teams, it’s going to be a lion’s den.
“But everything is geared up there with all the staff behind the
scenes and everything else and the budget.
“I think they’ve still got ?16million of parachute payments and
everything else, then I believe Wolves can get back.
“But the appointment, the person who comes in, it’s a massive
task just to lift the whole place.”
With a number of men lined up to replace Saunders, Murray says
the club needs someone to install confidence back into the recently
“Owen Coyle is obviously proven and has taken Burnley out of the
Championship, has done well with Bolton as well and is very
likeable, so he would come in with enthusiasm,” he said.
“I think the club and fans want to see someone lift the place,
give them that confidence.
“They’ve gone with a couple of inexperienced people, now they
want to go with people who have a bit more experience.
“I live in the Wolves area and people would like to see Dave
Jones come back for example.”
Trailing 1-0 from the play-off first leg, the Robins were handed
a chance to level the tie with the player’s 14th-minute spot-kick
but his effort was saved by Cobblers goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.
Mark Yates’ side went on to lose 2-0 on aggregate and Pack was
left deeply upset with his last game for the club.
“I feel like I’ve let everyone down and it’s hard to take at the
minute,” he told BBC Gloucestershire. “I’m distraught and it’s
going to take me a while to get over it.
“I’ve scored three penalties this year and I was wondering
whether to change my mind but I stuck to my guns and the keeper
pulled off the save.
“I love this sport but right now it’s a ruthless one.”
Pack, 22, came close to leaving the club in January and is
expected to leave this summer.
“I’ve had a great two seasons but it’s not the way I would have
liked to have finished,” Pack added
“I want to thank everyone for the time I’ve had here. I’ve grown
up here and as a player I’ve matured.
“It will be a time that will always be close to my heart
throughout my career. The fans have been great to me since day one
and I can’t thank them enough for that.”
The player is a free agent after being released by Huddersfield,
leading to rumours he could return to the club at which he spent
Lee, 34, scored 41 goals in 122 games for the Millers and netted
twice for a Rotherham legends side during Paul Warne’s testimonial
match at the weekend.
But a return to the club seems to be off the cards after Evans
dismissed the rumours.
He told the club’s official website: “When you are the manager
of the Millers having just been promoted to League One, with
aspirations of getting into the Championship, then quite rightly
the supporters are going to be excited about being linked to a
whole host of players.
“Alan Lee’s representatives haven’t expressed anything about him
wanting to come here. He is a legend at this football club but as
the manager I have to be honest and admit that it is not something
I am looking to pursue.”