Time Running Out For Stale Solbakken At Wolvesby Jack Kitson / 03 January 2013, 11:21Tweet
Under-fire Wolves manager Stale Solbakken is on the brink of losing his job at Molineux following a poor run of results which has left the Midlands club languishing down in 18th place in the Championship. The Norwegian has struggled to win over supporters since his surprise appointment last summer and could well be sent packing if Wolves are stunned by Conference side Luton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Three consecutive league defeats means Wolves are now just six points above the relegation zone. Considering that they had ambitions of making the play-offs at the start of the campaign, their current position is nothing short of a disaster. To rub salt in their wounds two of their recent defeats were at home to fellow strugglers Peterborough and Ipswich, who both brushed Wolves aside at Molineux, without even conceding a goal.
Wolves owner Steve Morgan now has a big decision to make: should he keep faith in his under-pressure manager or should he opt for a change in order to halt the slump? Solbakken himself has admitted that the club are in crisis and his methods were reportedly questioned by players in the aftermath of the Peterborough defeat. Recent rumours have speculated that the recently sacked Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll is in-line to replace Solbakken, while Owen Coyle remains the favourite in the Next Wolves Manager Market.
For the time being all the attention will be on Saturday's match at Kenilworth Road, with Luton priced at 13/5 with Paddy Power to inflict further misery on Wolves and conjure up a huge upset, while the visitors can be backed at evens to record a much needed victory.