Karl Henry today called for unity as Wolves prepared for Friday’s crunch home game with Blackburn and hailed the “excellent” first impressions of new boss Dean Saunders.
The Wolves skipper admits to plenty of disappointment that results weren’t good enough to preserve the job of Ståle Solbakken, who handed the captaincy back to the midfielder at the start of the season.
But with Solbakken gone Henry has welcomed the arrival of Saunders, and believes it is time for the players to start repaying the fans whom he describes as “brilliant” despite recent disappointments.
“I had heard good things about Dean Saunders and the first impressions from the first couple of days have been excellent,” said Henry.
“Training has been good and the lads have really enjoyed it.
“We have got to carry on that work on the training pitch and are looking forward to taking that into the games, starting against Blackburn.
“The manager arrives here with a lot of experience and has worked with top quality players with Wales and in his other coaching roles.
“And he has been doing a very good job with Doncaster who are right up there at the moment.
“The players need to get behind him quickly and do everything we can to try and salvage the season.”
When he talks about salvaging the season, Henry believes there is still chance for Wolves to climb the table from their current 18th position, particularly with a clean slate offering the chance for all to work hard and earn a place in the team.
“Things clearly haven’t been working but I can certainly say that I gave it everything I could in every game that I played,” he said.
“Any player that doesn’t do that is quickly found out.
“I am sure the new manager has got his idea of how he wants to play and who he wants to play and it’s up to us to make sure we are in his plans.
“I think everyone needs to get behind the manager now – that’s us the players and the fans as well.
“We need a lift because we’ve not been playing well and we’ve not winning games.
“Against Luton I thought that considering how things have been going the fans were brilliant.
“Before the game I couldn’t believe the great reception we got given the run we’ve been on but the fans have been right behind us away from home.
“We need that sort of support to continue and we need to make sure we repay it with performances and results.
“We’ve got to start doing it on the pitch.
“The league table is not looking good but there is always a team that comes out of the pack late and fast and it is up to us to make sure that is us.
“There are a lot of games left and if you get a run in this division you can climb quickly.
“We need to consolidate a bit given how things have happened here but once that is done there is no reason why we can’t return to winning ways and climb that table.”
Amid the looking forward there is also regret at what has happened in recent months with the team’s fortunes dwindling to such an extent that Solbakken’s contract was terminated.
“It is always sad to see anyone you have worked under leave,” says Henry.
“It proved to be a short spell and unfortunately it didn’t prove to be a successful one.
“When you see a manager go it is a sad day.
“The club tried to go down a different route and it didn’t really work out but that is how football goes.
“We were fortunate here to have so much continuity for such a long time and that has changed over the last year.
“Steve Morgan and Jez wanted to find a solution and a winning solution and hopefully this is it.”