Here are seven potential names who could be taking over at Molineux...
Clark has to be considered as a contender, and is currently available after surprisingly being axed from Huddersfield. He was close to leading Huddersfield into the Championship last season, denied by the play-offs. He is a young boss who proved himself very capable in a short space of time and would have the sort of energy required to revigorate Wolves, while he also has good knowledge of talented football league players who can help the Wolves cause.
Brown is a man who has been there and done it with Hull City, a memorable few years for the Tigers. A follow up stint with Preston did not go so well, but Brown would generally be a safe pair of hands who knows the Championship inside out. He is also out of work and itching to get back involved, and Wolves would be exactly the type of club that would attract him.
Steve Bruce took one look at the Wolves squad in February and didn't fancy soiling his already stained CV further by becoming the man to take them down. He may just however decide that he wants a shot at the glory of taking them up, to rebuild his own reputation as well as the club. Bruce is not as bad as made out, knows how to spot a good player, and up until this season had always had a good-to-fair record at managing them. He has to be a strong contender.
Paolo di Canio
Di Canio is one man who would inspire the fans and get them excited, due to his unpredictable and fiery personality. He has worked wonders in his only season at Swindon, leading them towards promotion to League One. He can choose to skip a division, leave the comfort of Swindon behind and take on a new challenge at Wolves. He'd bring no guarantees, but nobody does, and what he has achieved so far in a very short managerial career is very commendable.
Hear us out on this one, Allardyce could be the shock contender. If West Ham fail in their promotion charge, there is every chance he will be turfed out of Upton Park to make way for a new man, with former hero and previously mentioned Di Canio sure to be linked. If so, Big Sam will be looking for an opportunity to get straight back on the horse, as they say. Allardyce has managed Blackburn and Bolton, similar sized clubs to Wolves with success, and fans should not be too discouraged if this season is a near miss, he will have learned from it, and he should be welcomed, if fans can wrap their heads around his football.
Ince is another out of work manager whose name pops up when the Wolves vacancy is mentioned because of the time he spent there as a player. He had two spells at MK Dons as manager, one good, one mixed, while his time at Blackburn was too brief for him to be properly judged. He had a successful time at Macclesfield to launch his career and a not so good one at Notts County, and will want another job to improve a balanced reputation. He deserves another shot, whether he will be judged good enough for Wolves is another matter, but previous connections could be a deciding factor.
Terry Connor/Mick McCarthy
The dream team reunited? Not quite, but nobody knows the club and the players better than the duo of Terry Connor and Mick McCarthy. The former Ireland boss has had time to reflect on where it went wrong, and could tackle the problems with a refreshed vigour and approach. Connor will also have learned a hell of a lot during his time in charge and can add to the partnership, while taking more of a behind the scenes role he is comfortable with. McCarthy took Wolves out of the Championship before and will fancy his chances of doing it again, and may even stand the best chance of hanging onto some of their key players. If we're not selling it to you by now we never will...
Who would be your choice to lead the promotion charge?
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