It was not lost on Wolves supporters that on the day news leaked that Albion had met with former Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter boss Claudio Ranieri, Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey were sizing up the credentials of former Bristol City coach Terry Connor, writes Bill Howell.
Everything about them is at polar opposite ends of the scale.
Whereas one is on the decline without a trophy to his name in eight years, the other has engendered such a healthy regard from within his dressing room that the chairman and chief executive would have been foolish not to have listened to Connor’s thoughts on the future.
To be fair, despite the obvious failings of Morgan and Moxey this season they go a healthy 1-0 up on the FA on that score. Harry Redknapp’s supporters in the media are still choking on their back page leads.
In Connor Wolves may well have found not only a likeable character and a shrewd tactical brain, but also a stern leader who demands respect from all those under his command.
Have Wolves missed Mick McCarthy’s, authoritarian command of his squad?
Probably. But Connor is no easy target for those with a penchant for stepping out of line. Just see how quickly Roger Johnson’s career has nosedived since his one misdemeanour.
It was, after all, left-back George Elokobi who replaced centre-back Christophe Berra in the second half against Everton.
Connor deserves a crack at shaping a squad fit for a Championship title charge. The worry is that the media-driven fans’ backlash that saw Steve Bruce’s name etched off the shortlist may see Connor’s similarly dispensed with.
But get rid of the bad apples, add a couple of fresh, feisty names to excite the disenchanted masses and Connor could quite easily deliver.