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Repaying The Faith


13:57 28th February 2013

Boss on loan race


Boss Dean Saunders today set it is up to him to repay the faith shown by Chairman Steve Morgan as he aims to plot Wolves’ survival path from the dreaded prospect of back-to-back relegations.

Wolves head into tomorrow night’s game with in-form Watford (7.45pm) third from bottom in the npower Championship with just 12 games of the season remaining.

Morgan was the special guest at last night’s Fans’ Parliament meeting and took questions for three hours with a further 9,339 supporters following and also asking questions via an online blog at

And Saunders, who took over at Wolves from Ståle Solbakken last month, says he has been supported well by the Chairman as he continues to seek loan additions to the squad following the arrivals of Kaspars Gorkss and Jack Robinson.

“The chairman has done a lot of good for the club – Wolves got into the Premier League under him which was everyone’s dream and he’s obsessed with the football,” said Saunders.

“He’s asking me questions all the time and he talks to me constantly about the players.

“He’s a supporter as well and I think those that got to talk to him last night will have had honest answers.

“He put his faith in me and I’ve got to repay him.

“I know why the fans are frustrated but I’m not getting involved in it.”

In terms of loan additions the manager says he pulled out of the chase for one target earlier in the week.

“One deal has fallen through,” he confirmed.

“All I can say is, when you're bringing people in with 12 games to go, I've got to make sure someone will come in and give everything he's got, rather than just coming here to get games under his belt.

“I wasn’t sure after talking to him. Unless people are jumping on top of me saying they’re desperate to come, I can’t do it.

“You’re better off having someone out of the under-21 team than a big name who doesn’t understand the situation we’re in and has motivation to be here.

“Do they understand the predicament we’re in? What’s happening to them at the end of the season – are they just going back to their clubs and washing their hands of it?

"I'm better off having someone from the under 21 team that's trying, rather than a big name who perhaps doesn't understand the situation we're in and has got no real motive to be here.”

Back on the pitch the manager is hoping the united front displayed by supporters during the 90 minutes of matches continues tomorrow night against the Hornets team boasting the best away record in the division.

“I think it’s very important for the fans to get behind us,” he said.

“I understand their frustrations but we’ve got more important things to worry about right now.

“We need everyone pulling in the right direction – I mean everyone – and I don’t care how we get it, we need three points against Watford, and we can do it with the help of the fans.

“We might not be playing great football at the moment, but they can suck the ball over the line, they can influence the referee, decisions, the atmosphere in the stadium, when they’re really at it.

“When we kick off, I’d rather everyone just get behind the team, because that’s all everyone wants.

“A lot of our players live around here and will be in the country for the rest of their lives, and the embarrassment of not winning kills all of us.” 

Saunders also confirmed winger Stephen Hunt could come into his thinking for the matchday squad having returned to training following a lengthy chest infection.

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