TERRY WILL USE HIS CHOPPER
NEW Wolves manager Terry Connor has warned his players he is not afraid to get ruthless – after dropping skipper Roger Johnson.
Johnson was forced to settle for a place on the bench for Connor’s first game as boss in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
The new gaffer’s bold move was rewarded as Wanderers stretched their unbeaten away run to six games and climbed out of the bottom three by a point.
It was the first time the £4.5million summer signing had not featured in a Premier League match since earning promotion to the top tier with Birmingham three years ago.
“I have told the lads that I will treat every game on its own merits,” said Connor, who instead handed the captain’s armband to Stephen Ward.
“We’ve done one now and we move on to Fulham. We’ll look at Fulham and make plans for that game.
“And I will pick what I think is the best team for that game regardless of captaincy, what anyone cost or a player’s reputation.
“When you lose a game 5-1 at home, like we did against West Brom, you’re not going to send out the same team and the same subs.
“We had a look at the team and we analysed it.
“I went with my gut feeling for the players I felt would do a job for us.”
Connor (right) – previously No.2 to Mick Mccarthy – has been handed the job of succeeding the former Ireland boss until the end of the season after a string of other managers turned down the role.