As Wolves prepare for their biggest 90 minutes in the clubs history on the pitch, preparations to take the club to the next level are firmly in place off it. Under the continued stewardship of Steve Morgan and Mick McCarthy the club have grown substantially in the past 5 years and with a win over fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers on the final day Wolves can again look towards continued financial stability and growth both on and off the pitch.
A third successive season in the top flight would point towards Wolves establishing themselves as a top flight team, thus following the example of Stoke and continuing to grow with each passing campaign. It’s not just on the pitch that Wolves are growing, off the pitch finances are very good, with the club not having the large amounts of debt often attributed to top flight clubs and having money to spend. Figures released recently show a £9 million profit and positive signs for another profitable year, top flight status permitting of course.
Planned development on the north stand of the stadium goes ahead regardless of whether or not Wolves survive on Sunday, the capacity of the stadium being taken upwards to around 36,000. This development is all part of Chairman Morgan’s plan of taking Wolves ‘into the 21st Century’. Plans for further development have also been released, again dependent on the clubs top flight status in the future. A 40,000+ capacity would certainly bring the Midlands club into the 21st Century, as a Wolves fan; let’s just hope that events on the pitch allow the club to take the aforementioned steps.
So, a third successive season amongst the elite coupled with financial stability off the pitch and a new and improved north stand; the future is seemingly bright for Wolves. Mick McCarthy has steered the club towards safety again, with a positive result needed against Blackburn to ensure that he writes himself into Wanderers’ folklore. Steven Fletcher has found form at just the right time and club stalwart Jody Craddock looks immovable at the heart of the defence which has proved Wolves’ downfall at times throughout the season. Credit must be given to McCarthy for his loan acquisition of Jamie O’Hara during the January window, the midfielder settling well and becoming an integral cog in the Wolves wheel. Stephen Hunt seems to have clicked and Kevin Doyle is back fit earlier than expected, all reasons to be positive, no?
With all this in mind it only serves to prove how big Sunday is for Wolves, the club and the fans. A Wolves victory on Sunday would signify a massive step forward for the club. Steve Morgan, Jez Moxey and Mick McCarthy seem the perfect trio to take the club onwards and upwards. As a passionate Wolves fan I feel two things at this moment in time; I’m unbelievably nervous but also immensely proud to be a Wolves fan.
Let’s just hope that come 6pm on Sunday we’re still a top flight club!
By Tom Perrin – Wolves fan