Terry Connor named Wolves manager until the end of the season
Published 24/02/2012 | 11:12
WOLVES have appointed Terry Connor as manager for the remainder of the season.
Connor, who was assistant to the sacked Mick McCarthy, will be in charge for the remaining 13 games.
He will be at the helm for the first time in tomorrow's Premier League clash at Newcastle.
Former Leeds, Brighton and Portsmouth striker Connor has been at the club for 13 years and served under four different managers.
Wolverhampton Wanderers chairman Steve Morgan said: "Since we made the difficult decision to part company with Mick, we have been through a diligent process of assessing potential candidates.
"Having spoken to a number of people, we have drawn that process to a close and myself and the board are unanimous that Terry is the right man to lead the club for the remainder of the season.
"This is a decisive step, which creates certainty, and the players are fully behind it.
"As a club, whether that be staff or supporters, we now all need to unite behind Terry and the players and secure as many points as possible over the next 13 games."
Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey have been at Wolves' Compton training ground today to speak to players and staff of their decision.
Manchester City and England defender Joleon Lescott spent six years at Wolves and believes Connor is one of the most influential coaches he has worked with.
Connor is taking charge while Wolves owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey continue their search for sacked manager Mick McCarthy's successor.
Lescott said: "TC is one of the most influential coaches I have worked with in my career - and that includes everyone I have worked with. I owe him a lot.
"There are many other things he told me at the time that I maybe didn't realise immediately but then, as I developed in my career, started to work really well.
"He's a proper football man, and probably one of the most knowledgeable about the game that there is around and helped to develop people like Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly."
Lescott added: "TC had a lot of respect from the players at the time when I was there and I am sure that will be the same from the lads who are at Wolves now.
"He was always such a focused and determined person and everything was so well organised that, if he is in charge of Wolves on Saturday, they will certainly be well prepared."
Morgan and Moxey have so far drawn a blank in replacing McCarthy after failing with approaches to the likes of Alan Curbishley, Brian McDermott, Gus Poyet and Walter Smith.
Steve Bruce had been the bookmakers' favourite but had indicated he was not willing to take charge on a short term basis.
The decision to install Connor gives Morgan and Moxey sufficient breathing space to make a long term appointment in the summer.