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Boss: "It's Good To Talk"


10:20 5th January 2013

Solbakken welcomes dressing room debate


Ståle Solbakken has discounted stories of a dressing room rebellion following the Boxing Day setback against Peterborough.

There was, in fact, a frank discussion after the Ipswich defeat, but the boss has explained it was only the normal post-match debate which usually takes place 24 hours after a fixture.

And he also says he would much rather players be forthright in their opinions and would be more concerned were he to be met by a wall of silence given the team’s latest three results.

He stressed: “I don’t know where that came from (the Peterborough rumour).

“We had a discussion in the dressing room after the Ipswich game when I challenged the players why we can’t maintain our good starts in the game when the opposition has scored the first goal.

“We had a discussion for 15 minutes or something.

“Some of the players expressed their feelings but the only difference was that they said it straight after the game and not in the meeting the day after.

“We wanted to get it out of the way and that’s what happened.

“I think it would be more scary for me if the players went into the shower one minute after the second successive poor performance at home and put their clothes on and went home.

“I was angry and some of them were angry and that’s how it is. 

“If people had just said ‘that was another day at work, see you tomorrow’ that would have been more scary for me.

“I don’t think there was anything dramatic in that at all – it would have been more dramatic if it had been the other way around.”


Since his arrival, Solbakken has set about introducing a different style of play to that of his predecessors, but he is confident that his players are adapting to the system.

“I think they buy into it and don’t think there are any problems with that,” said the boss.

“But when things are not going well I think it is very easy for them to go back to 2008/2009 which was a very different league and different kind of doing it. I can agree on that.

“But I know they are buying into what we are doing but there is a difference between that and getting that mix right with the new players.

“There were good signs earlier this season with 20 points from 10 games but I think but in the last few games we have struggled big time.”

Despite the recent setbacks, Solbakken insists that team spirit is still good and united, explaining: “When things are not going well it just looks like it is different.

“Why are people doing a lot of technical mistakes? Are they doing everything they can?

“I don’t see anyone in that dressing room who isn’t doing that but it might look like it when it is as hopeless as it was in the home games, especially Peterborough.”

Wolves will be aiming to return to winning ways in today's FA Cup tie at non-league Luton Town.  Kick off is 3pm.







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