Brian storms to top of list for Mo­lineux

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK MCCAULEY

WOLVES are eye­ing Read­ing boss Brian Mcder­mott as a lead­ing can­di­date to re­place Mick Mccarthy.

Wan­der­ers’ ini­tial plan was to ap­point a man­ager with top-flight ex­pe­ri­ence and for­mer Sun­der­land boss Steve Bruce re­mains in the wings wait­ing to see if he will be granted a sec­ond in­ter­view.

But Wolves owner Steve Mor­gan and chief exec Jez Moxey have now turned their at­ten­tion to the lead­ing lights in the Cham­pi­onship and are set to seek per­mis­sion to speak to Mcder­mott. Brighton’s Gus Poyet is also at­tract­ing in­ter­est, although Wolves have de­nied re­ports they have made an ap­proach.

But a com­pen­sa­tion fig­ure be­lieved to be around £2mil­lion – as Poyet still has four years left of his con­tract – is likely to prove a stum­bling block.

Sacked Hud­der­s­field boss Lee Clark is the book­mak­ers’ sec­ond favourite be­hind Bruce but is be­lieved not to have been ap­proached.

Mcder­mott led the Roy­als to the play-off final last May and has mounted an­other strong pro­mo­tion push this sea­son, de­spite the £9m sale of striker Shane Long to West Brom and de­fender Matt Mills to Le­ices­ter.

Ex­pe­ri­ence

The for­mer Arse­nal winger has shown him­self ca­pa­ble of work­ing un­der fi­nan­cial con­straints and he would have the sup­port of striker Kevin Doyle and mid­fielder Stephen Hunt, who both worked with him at Read­ing, in the dress­ing room.

Bruce im­pressed in a meet­ing with Mor­gan and Moxey last Fri­day and the for­mer Man United skip­per has 10 years’ Premier League ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter spells at Birm­ing­ham, Wi­gan and Sun­der­land.

But there has been a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to his pos­si­ble ap­point­ment from some sec­tions of Wolves fans.

Mccarthy’s No.2 Terry Con­nor is cur­rently in charge of the squad pre­par­ing for Satur­day’s trip to New­cas­tle.

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