Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken this afternoon said he hopes and expects former Molineux boss Mick McCarthy will receive a warm welcome when he returns for the first time with Ipswich tomorrow.
But the boss has played down whether McCarthy’s return has any significance on Wolves players who were given their chance during his stewardship and enjoyed great success under the former manager.
Indeed in the wake of the Boxing Day defeat to Peterborough – on the same day Ipswich continued their resurgence by winning at Charlton – Solbakken insists all the pressure is on himself.
“If there is any extra pressure on anyone with Mick coming back, it must be on the manager who has replaced him who feels that because I took over the team from him,” said Solbakken.
“The players have nothing to fear about it at all.
“Mick did very well for a long period of time here, almost six years in which he took the club into the Premier League, and hopefully he will be given a good welcome by the spectators.
“He certainly deserves a warm welcome as does Terry Connor.
“I haven’t met Mick before but of course I have worked with Terry and we will all have a chat tomorrow.”
Two Championship managers have lost their jobs in the last few days with Sean O’Driscoll and Solbakken’s friend and compatriot Henning Berg leaving Nottingham Forest and Blackburn respectively.
The Wolves boss is confident he can remain at Molineux for the long haul and bring success back to Wolves.
“I am here to make something happen and am at the start of it,” he says.
“Obviously it’s a results business and I’m not daft and think I can lose the next 15 games and still be here.
“We are going in the right way and given the task of changing some of the football and taking it in another direction we know it takes time.
“We have seen some good things but we have not been stable enough and that is my responsibility and we must try and put it right as soon as possible.
“I think it has been proven that the clubs which have a little bit of patience and stands by people when things are not going 100 per cent well succeed in the long run.
“My good friend Henning Berg did not get that chance and I feel sorry for him.”
The boss also revealed that as well as his public comments about the Peterborough performance, there have been many conversations with individuals behind closed doors.
“We analyse the games and they have been told that was unacceptable - there can’t be a repeat of that in future,” he added.