Two Wolverhampton Wanderers managers will be at Molineux on Saturday - one past, one present.

But just how long Glenn Hoddle has to go before he joins Brighton's Mark McGhee in the long and prestigious list of former Wolves managers is quite another matter.

The silence from Wolves on Hoddle's future has been deafening, despite repeated calls from fans for his dismissal.

In fact, to glean any real idea of their board's thinking, the Molineux public are keenly awaiting the next instalment of chief executive Jez Moxey's programme notes.

But the chief irony, when McGhee returns to Molineux this weekend with his relegated Brighton team, is that this former Wolves boss's job does not appear under threat at all.

Instead, it is McGhee's opposite number in Saturday's Molineux meeting who is facing an uncertain future, despite Wolves being 16 places above the Seagulls in the table.

Admittedly, Brighton's fate this season has owed much to a diabolical home record, largely the result of playing their games in the open-sided, atmosphere-free environment of the Withdean Stadium.

The home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, which sent Brighton down, stretched their New Year run to just one win in nine home games. Yet after a run of six games without a win, despite being in charge of a team lying seventh in the Championship table, it is Hoddle who is under fire from the Wolves fans.

The club have made it clear that they will not be rushed into making a hasty decision, even despite such a lamentable display as Monday's 2-0 defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale.

There has been no knee-jerk reaction to the wishes of the unhappy fans, which have been made quite clear over the last two games, both of which have been witnessed by owner Sir Jack Hayward.

The Wolves board have instead insisted that they will wait until the end of the season but, if Hoddle has any chance of winning back the gold-and-black faithful, then he badly needs not just results, but performances, over the final two games.


If attitude was enough, Walsall would avoid relegation but the league table suggests that only a miracle will save the club from playing the likes of Accrington Stanley and Boston United next season, writes Gareth Parkes.

It is a far cry from August 2003 when Walsall began the season with a 4-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion. Since then, it has all been downhill.

Still, where there is hope, there is Kevan Broadhurst. The Walsall manager has become the eternal optimist - his team are five points from safety with three matches remaining - but time is running out.

Having replaced Paul Merson two months ago, Broad-hurst has steered the team to one victory in ten matches and seven points from 30.

"There have been positives but the table doesn't lie and we've got to turn a corner," Broadhurst said. "The play-ers are willing to do whatever it takes. They're happy to come in and work on Sundays or in the afternoons."