Moxey insists Wolves can keep players

Mon, Apr 23, 2012, 01:00

Soccer:Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey insists the club are under no pressure to sell their leading players, like Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, after relegation from the Premier League was confirmed yesterday.

Local rivals Birmingham dismantled virtually their entire squad after they went down at the end of last season, but Moxey is adamant Wolves are in a strong financial position although the likes of top scorer Steven Fletcher, winger Matt Jarvis and Doyle are certain to attract attention.

"I am not sure it is inevitable we will lose players,” said Moxey today. "I think there will be interest in some of our players but we are in a very good financial position.

"We have got players under long-term contracts, we are under no pressure to sell. But let's get the season finished, get a manager in place, get that sorted out and then address the reshaping of our team that is required.

"It is an opportunity to try to get stronger."

Wolves will step up their bid to find a new manager once the season is over but Moxey believes interim boss, Terry Connor, can have a future at the club.

Connor stepped forward from the backroom staff in February to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy for the final 13 games of the campaign.

Moxey said: "Terry is an outstanding coach, he is a Wolves man through and through, he is our manager until the end of the season. We will address the situation of the manager once the season is finished and, as far as I am concerned, Terry is an outstanding guy and there is no reason why he should not have a future with us.

"He has had to endure a very difficult situation that he's taken on as effectively as he possibly could. We will address it in detail at the end of the season. We tried to sign a manger as everyone knows, that didn't work and Terry took over the reins."

Moxey insists the whole club has to share the blame for the end of Wolves' three-year spell in the top flight.

He said: "Let's be fair, the club from top to bottom and the team on the field of play, was not good enough as a collective to stay in the Premier league. I don't think it's right to apportion blame, whether it was just the manager, the players, the chairman, the board, myself, or what have you.

"We win together, we draw together and we lose together."

When asked about his future, Connor said: "I don't know. I just want to get through to May 13th at the moment and get as many points as we can. Then is the time to sit down and discuss everything and the club will want to find a path to get back to the Premier League as quickly as possible.

"I'm in charge for three more games and will take care of those before sitting down with the club. The club will then take the appropriate steps and decide whether it's myself, or someone with Championship experience, Premier League experience, or experience from abroad to take charge.

"That will be the club's decision. I will stand by that decision."

Connor added: "My own future is very much incidental compared to what happens at the football club. I've been here 13 years and every day I have tried to give my very best."