Lionel Richie was top of the album charts with Can’t Slow Down when Wolves last endured such a wretched run of results in the top flight.
“I know what’s on your mind, you feel you’re wasting time,” croons the former Commodore.
Penny for Mick McCarthy’s inner thoughts after a fifth defeat. Penny Lover? More of that a little later.
There’s a small irony with the title track because rather than just slow down, Mick McCarthy’s men have juddered to a halt.
All the old questions returned at the training ground last week:
“How have Steve Morgan and Jez been with you?”, “Is this your worst period as manager?”, “How do you react to criticisms that you didn’t sign enough new players in the summer?”
What followed was one of McCarthy’s most candid 25 minute press briefings where, at times , you felt that parts of his soul were bared before you while at others he would be at his entertaining best, displaying the sharpness of a stand-up comic faced with a persistent drunken heckler.
“All Night Long” was how he answered one question. That’s how long he’s working on trying to put Wolverhampton’s season back on track. “Penny Lover, Don’t walk on By.... Penny Lover Don’t You Make Me Cry...”
It was too good a chance not to resurrect the karaoke skills honed in the early 1990s in some of the very worst bars. McCarthy’s puzzled expression slowly became a smile and he hit back swiftly.
“Dancing on the Ceiling,” he said and we were both back to more pressing matters – football and filling a newspaper. ‘So what support have you had from Jez and Steve?’, persists another reporter.
“The very best. As always, nothing at all,” McCarthy thunders back.
Clearly they’ve let him get on with his job whilst they get on with theirs.
But the questioner stutters a follow-up: “So what have they...”
“Don’t even go there. Don’t even go, don’t even go to... you see... throughout my five years and all the time I’ve been here, I’ve never needed somebody to ring me up and say, ‘Keep going, you’re doing all right’,” McCarthy says.
“I’ve never had it, and the reason why people like Steve and Jez don’t do it is because we get headlines in your newspaper saying ‘Support for McCarthy’.
“No. I don’t need it, I don’t look for it and they don’t offer it because I know it’s there.
“Think of all the stuff we’ve been through in the last five years. We’ve got a really fabulous working relationship and that’s where the solidity is.
“But you are asking and getting on the brink of ‘Vote of Confidence’... so don’t even go there. Win on Saturday – that’s all I need to do.”
But the questioner won’t be derailed. “Did you sign enough players in the summer?”.
“When we’d won two and drawn one, you came in here and said a big fat nothing, so please don’t come on the back of that now with reaction to losing five games and suddenly everything’s wrong because it’s far, far from that. That’s just a piece of nonsense.”
‘Don’t Worry, Love Will Find a Way,’ Lionel says. There’s another track on that album: ‘Stuck on You’, and it’s fair to say that Mick isn’t going anywhere – not in a month of Sundays.