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Changing Attitudes


11:45 23rd January 2013

Saunders keen to fire team up

Dean Saunders is keen to change players’ attitudes as they seek to emerge from recent struggles and re-discover a more vibrant approach.


Wolves currently sit in 17th in the npower Championship table, on the back of relegation from the Barclays Premier League which followed last day survival the previous year.


The manager is fresh from a season in which he guided Doncaster to the top two in League One, and is hoping some of his recent winning form rubs off at the higher level.


“The team has been struggling for three years,” says Saunders.


“It got into the Premier League and struggled, struggled again and went down.


“Sometimes it can get into your bones and you start expecting to struggle.


“We came in at half-time on Saturday at Sheffield Wednesday, 0-0, and I said ‘brilliant’.


“I was confident and saying we were going to win. But the players are sat there without that confidence.


“I can definitely put more enthusiasm into the players.


“They can definitely have more belief that we’re going to do well.


“I will try it, and if that doesn’t work, then they will leave.


“But I’m giving them a chance first to see if they want to be here.”


Saunders continued: “Our attitude has to change – if we have the attitude ‘we’re a big club and we should be beating everyone’, smaller teams will beat us.


“We’ve got to have more respect for the opposition and earn the right to run over teams.”


Saunders is working all hours to try and bring about a revival in fortunes, not to mention dealing with potential ‘ins and outs’ during the January transfer window.


His scouting missions saw him take in three games during his first weekend, while several senior players are also into the last few months of current contracts, with the boss keeping an open mind as to the future.


“They need to prove to me they want to be here,” he said.


“If they do, they’ve got a chance of getting another contract.


“A lot of decisions I make will be with a view to next season as well.”


Meanwhile on the injury front Razak Boukari is making progress following his troublesome calf injury while Steven Mouyokolo has had some more injections in his knee as he contines his rehabilitation.


“Razak is just about to start putting weights on his bad leg,” said Saunders.


“But I think it will be two to three weeks before he’s back out trying to do some training.


“Mouyokolo is having three injections put in his knee so he will still be a while.


“He’s had a nightmare year – he’s been so unlucky with injuries.”



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