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11:55 14th November 2012

Boss has short and long term focus

Ståle Solbakken today declared he is keen to add to his squad in the transfer window – but is more focused in the immediate term on developing the current players to ensure results pick up before January.


It was a difficult summer at Molineux with plenty of comings and goings after relegation, all at a time when Solbakken had taken the helm and was masterminding a change in playing style with the squad.


While the emergency loan window remains open, the chance to bring in permanent signings kicks off again in little over six weeks time, offering more food for thought for the boss.


“Yes, I think when you want to change direction of the club, you need two or maybe three transfer windows to put your stamp on things,” he said.


“But it’s not about just waiting until January – what is important now is we develop the players we believe in here because they’re the most important players.


“For me talking about January and next summer is an excuse; it’s important to be picking up points quickly now.


“An improvement in results may mean we can do the right things in January, so that’s what it’s about now.


“For a manager, they’re two separate things: getting things right now and putting it into perspective over a period of time.


“Razak (Boukari) is a player we very much wanted and he’s coming back, but he’s only started two league games, and in the last one of those, he lasted 13 minutes.

“Peszko looked a good player for us when he was at his best and Margreitter has been injured for a long time, so we’ve had bad luck with injuries – they all had a good fitness record before they came and then we lost them all in one week.”


With Peszko due back in January, and the likes of Steven Mouyokolo and Jamie O’Hara also on the long-term injury list, the boss admits the fitness bulletins of the absentees could also shape what happens in January.


And he admits that early preparations have been made without yet getting to any prolonged discussions about figures.


“It’s always important to have a short-term view but also to have a plan for the future,” Solbakken added.


“That makes it easier than to move the direction of the club again.


“The players are the most important ones – they’re the capital of the club.


“We’re probably on the right side of zero when it comes to what has come in (in the summer).


“We haven’t really discussed figures but we’ve agreed on how we want to do it.


“It’s more about finding the right players.


“But more important how the players we’ve got here at the moment perform, especially with the way results are at the moment.


“We’re the ones who are going to do it together, so we don’t need to think too much about January.


“What we do in the transfer windows is a process that runs alongside what we’re doing day to day.”

*Thursday night's Fans Forum with the boss meeting Season Ticket Holders and members in WV1 is now SOLD OUT.





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