For once the burning issue facing Wolves this week isn’t which manager will be in charge come the end of the season.
The short term is all about which centre-half pairing is good enough to keep them in the top flight.
Richard Stearman and Christophe Berra were good enough to help Terry Connor to a gallant away point at Newcastle, despite a slip by the latter for the first goal.
But both had their confidence shot to pieces at Fulham when both made huge errors. In fairness, so did many of those around them. And it’s not as if Terry Connor does not have alternatives. The captain, Roger Johnson, has sat on the bench for two games while on-loan Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong is available after a hamstring injury against Albion. That pairing struggled in the derby but the score was 1-1 when Bassong limped off passed the hour.
Then there’s Jody Craddock, a cool, older head waiting in the wings.
Ex- Wolves striker David Kelly says Mick McCarthy took the wrong decision in replacing Karl Henry as skipper with Johnson taking over.
Kelly said: “Henry’s been a fine captain for Wolves and has got the backing of the dressing room. Roger came in and on the scene of things was a very good signing for Mick because he’d done so well for Blues – a big, commanding centre-half and a talker in the dressing room.
“But sometimes you are better off with the devil you know than someone you’re not too sure of.”
As to which partnership is best for Wolves at the back, Kelly says Connor will see things during training: “Sometimes when you’re on the training ground all week, doing practice sessions and attacks versus defence –different systems and tactical bits that you do – sometimes you see something that a pair look good together and you get a good feeling that you want to go with that pair. And the Newcastle result was a decent performance.
“But Fulham could have scored as many as they like on the day. Wolves looked a bit shell-shocked after the first 30 minutes. It was shot after shot.
“There’s a lack of communication between the units of the team. That’s why they get caught so often.
Kelly says Connor must recall Steven Fletcher: “I’m a 4-4-2 man at home, I always have been. “You get better results at home when you’ve got two chasing strikers.
“Fletcher had a very good season and Kevin Doyle doesn’t stop chasing around so you’ve got two quality strikers. So why not have a go at teams?”