Mark McGhee knows better than most what happens when a Wolverhampton Wanderers crowd turns on the manager - closely followed by the board.

But he had total sympathy with the current occupant of the hot seat after hearing Glenn Hoddle suffer the wrath of the masses.

Admittedly, the former boss had just seen his relegated Brighton side lose only by a dodgy in penalty a game they could have won but McGhee backs Hoddle to get it right next time.

And he has urged the Wolves board not make the same mistake they did tenand-a-half years when they got rid of the last former England manager to take charge at Molineux.

Had Graham Taylor not been forced out by a hate mob in November 1995, McGhee would not have been tempted into walking out on Leicester City to take the Wolves job.

He has long since admitted that he made a major error and he is now urging the board not to compound their premature ejection of Taylor by making the same mistake with Hoddle.

"It needs someone to stay longer term," said McGhee.

"If Graham Taylor hadn't been sacked when I got the job, and left to get on with it, Graham would have got this club into the Premier League long before they finally did it.

"Continuity is needed at a club like this and it's been proven in the past that change does not work.

"Glenn needs time and the board have to be strong. Managing Wolves is different to other clubs. You have to manage the expectations.

"A lot of clubs think they should be in the Premiership but the competition is such that they can't all be. It's why there is such huge pressure on guys like Glenn.

"The expectations are huge and, since they went up under Dave Jones, the younger fans also got their first taste of what it's like in the top flight.

"And and that's made them even more impatient than they were during all those years when Graham, myself or anyone else was trying to get them up."

McGhee also points out the extra pressure of having to play against so many struggling sides like Brighton, who visibly raise their game when they come to Molineux. "I've heard my old boss Alex Ferguson say many times that when teams play against Man United everyone wants to have their best game. And it's the same playing Wolves at this level.

"Wolves players have to realise that teams come here and play one of their best games of their season.

"We were able to raise ourselves in a way we couldn't do at the Withdean because of the environment."