Wolves put their faith in 'hard-working' Saunders
WOLVES chairman Steve Morgan denies hiring Stale Solbakken was a gamble, but believes new boss Dean Saunders will not struggle in the same way as the Norwegian did with cultural differences.
Saunders, who has left npower League One side Doncaster, was unveiled to the media at Molineux yesterday afternoon following a whirlwind 36 hours for the Black Country club after Solbakken was sacked on Saturday evening.
The embarrassing FA Cup third-round exit at non-league Luton proved the final straw for Wolves' hierarchy, following a dreadful festive period containing three successive defeats, which left Wolves 18th in the npower Championship and with just three wins from their last 16 league games.
Solbakken only took charge in the summer and arrived in England relatively unknown, despite a short stint as a player at Wimbledon in 1997-98 and an established international career with Norway before spells in management with the likes of Copenhagen and Koln.
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Following his sacking and Saunders' appointment, Morgan said: "Performances have fallen well below the standards we expect at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"I didn't think appointing Stale was a gamble. It was out of the box. I think Dean is a very different character.
"The mistake, in hindsight, was a culture difference. Dean has played across British and European football. He knows a lot of the players already. He's a hard-working bloke.
"If you listen to Dean, then his football philosophy isn't rocket science. He asks the players to work hard. He's a hard-working guy and asks his players to do that."
The former Wales striker gained coaching experience at Blackburn and Newcastle while he was also assistant manager to John Toshack in the international set-up for three years.
He began his management career with Wrexham in 2008 before taking over at Doncaster in September 2011 and although he was unable to prevent relegation from the Championship, he departs with Rovers joint top of League One.
"I'm really proud to be manager of the club," said Saunders. "I'm a bit disappointed to be leaving some of the players behind (at Doncaster). I persuaded 13 of them to sign for me during the summer.
"I'm determined, I'm ambitious. I want to get back into the Premier League, that's the brief."