Steve Bruce says Wolves will stick with Terry Connor, dismissing reports of the new boss’ imminent demise as “a knee jerk reaction” to the defeat against Blackburn.
Fresh reports even suggested Bruce was in line for further talks at Molineux after failing to get the initial nod from Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey to replace Mick McCarthy.
The former Birmingham and Sunderland boss was interviewed and revealed a meeting had been set up to discuss terms before Wolves changed their minds.
Connor’s position is, in fact, in no immediate danger whatsoever.
He had been handed the 13 games to try to secure survival and after three of them there are no plans to alter that approach.
Bruce does not foresee a change of tack either.
“I don’t think it will happen. It’s just a knee jerk reaction again after what happened at the weekend – a bad result,” he said.
And Bruce offered his support to McCarthy’s former deputy, who has led Wolves to a single point at Newcastle followed by defeats to Fulham and Rovers.
“You do need a bit of luck in management, of course you do, and I really do wish Terry Connor the best of luck,” Bruce said.
“It’s not easy to get your first job in the Premier League, especially when you are up against it.
“But make no mistake he will have a right good crack at it, I’d have thought, because he is honest and genuine and a football person.”
Connor admits the current discontent among supporters, seen inside and outside the stadium last weekend, affects the whole club.
“All I know is that we’re all in it together. If the fans think that banners and stuff help the players, then that’s what they’ll do,” Connor said.
“But if you have a go at one person at the football club, you’re having a go at the whole family. We’re all the same – we’re all Wolverhampton Wanderers. You have to ask the question ‘is it beneficial to the team and to what we’re trying to do?’”
Connor insists Wolves can bounce back against Manchester United.
“There will be similar runs during the season – defeats or whatever – but it’s what you do after that to get your points counts,” he went on.
“No-one pretends that Wolves are the best team in the league so we know we’ll take our fair share of losses.
“It’s how you deal with it that counts – on the training pitch in the week, and you set your team up and set your mind up to go again in the following game.”