“When you look at the job I still think it is a really attractive one.”
That’s the verdict of former Wolves keeper Matt Murray who is confident there will be applicants queueing up to succeed Dean Saunders at Molineux.
Murray, who played for the last two Wolves managers to achieve promotion in Dave Jones and Mick McCarthy, knows the next appointment is crucial given back-to-back relegations, but says the job is still one to cherish.
“If you look at the club, there is still a really good infrastructure with the Academy, training ground, stadium, and still some excellent players despite back-to-back relegations,” said Murray.
“There is also the parachute payment in there as well.
“I still think there will be a lot of good managers who will look at it and think they can take this club forward.
“Unfortunately the last two years haven’t been good at all but it is about learning from it, bouncing back and getting this club back to where it belongs.
“Everyone at the club from players to staff to the Board will be looking at themselves now and asking: ‘what can we do better’?
“Everything at this club is geared up to the higher level but it is not going to be easy getting back there.
“Wolves in the Championship were a scalp for a lot of teams and in League One they become a massive scalp.
“Whoever does come in the fans will want the new manager to excite them, have ideas on where they are going and be confident.
“There is going to be pressure and the expectation levels will be massive next season.
“But I am sure the right manager who can come in with the right presence will take the club forward and motivate the players.”
Murray admits he expected Saunders to be given the summer and start of next season to possibly improve Wolves’ fortunes, but equally acknowledged there are few surprises in football.
“After the relegation I know it was a massive disappointment and the fans weren’t happy,” he added.
“But I did think Dean might get a little bit of time to build a squad in the summer and then see where we were ten to 15 games into the season.
“He showed with Doncaster that he can build a squad which was capable of getting out of League One.
“You feel for Dean and Brian (Carey) but that is football and how it works sometimes.
“I know the word stability is being mentioned a lot.
“Mick McCarthy was there for a long time and the club progressed but unfortunately since then there have been different managers.
“The next decision is a really important one but I am sure they will get the right person.”