MIKE’S KEEN TO STAY AT WOLVES

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By James Andrew

HE’S suf­fered an in­jury-hit cam­paign, but Mike Wil­liamson would love to stay at Wolves – and be­lieves Paul Lam­bert is the right man to lead them to glory.

The cen­tre-back has played a hand­ful of games, all of which have come in the last cou­ple of months, due to a trou­ble­some ham­string and ten­don prob­lem.

The 33-year-old is out of con­tract in the sum­mer but is hope­ful he can ex­tend his stay at Mo­lineux af­ter be­ing re­united with man­ager Lam­bert, hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked with him at Wy­combe.

“I wanted to play more games this sea­son and it would be nice if there were a few more to come, but I am look­ing for­ward to pre­sea­son al­ready and get­ting that un­der my belt,” said Wil­liamson, speak­ing at a

Kits for Kids event run by Wickes, of­fi­cial part­ner of the EFL.

“It is al­ways dif­fi­cult try­ing to get up to speed dur­ing the sea­son be­cause games are com­ing thick and fast, so it will be good to get a foun­da­tion in my legs.

“That is some­thing I felt I have lacked. I have been get­ting through games rather than be­ing at the lev­els I can be. I would love to stay at Wolves. I think it is an ex­cit­ing time to be here. I have spo­ken to the man­ager and he said he wants me, but there have been no for­mal talks as yet.”

Re­placed

There was a lot of ex­cite­ment in the sum­mer with the ar­rival of new Chi­nese own­ers Fo­sun In­ter­na­tional and the ap­point­ment of Italian head coach Wal­ter Zenga.

But Zenga was sacked in Novem­ber and re­placed by Lam­bert, with the bat­tle­ground ini­tially be­ing at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

But Wil­liamson be­lieves there is plenty to be pos­i­tive about and that Lam­bert is the right man to lead Wolves in a pro­mo­tion push.

He added: “It has felt like a whole sea­son of tran­si­tion. We had a new man­ager at the start, a num­ber of sign­ings were made and there were high ex­pec­ta­tions, but you al­ways need time for a new man­ager to bed in.

“Af­ter that, it went a lit­tle bit flat. Then there was an­other new man­ager (Lam­bert) and it has felt like an­other tran­si­tion pe­riod.

“But he has had time to as­sess the squad he in­her­ited and we have been on some good runs. If you spread out his time in charge over the course of the sea­son, I think we would have been push­ing for top six. I think, for that rea­son, it will be ex­cit­ing. We seem to have all the foun­da­tions.

“I know the man­ager and his ex­pec­ta­tions, dis­ci­pline, his work ethic, his man­man­age­ment and I think it could be a very good sea­son.

“The op­por­tu­nity is def­i­nitely there, but the thing with the Cham­pi­onship is you never know what you are go­ing to get.

“You can spend £15m£20m and it equates to noth­ing, or you can spend a cou­ple of mil­lion and re­ally be push­ing.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

PAINFUL TIME: Mike Wil­liamson has had a frus­trat­ing sea­son

EX­PEC­TA­TIONS: Paul Lam­bert can lead way

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