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Dean Saunders arrives as Stale Solbakken sulks

07 Jan 2013 11:47:29

Dean Saunders arrives as Stale Solbakken sulks

New Wolves manager Dean Saunders will be unveiled to the media on Monday afternoon although outgoing boss Stale Solbakken believes he should have been given more time to turn the club's fortunes around.

The FA Cup third-round exit at non-league Luton proved the final straw for Wolves' hierarchy, who sacked Solbakken within hours of the 1-0 defeat. The Norwegian had gone into the game following an awful festive period containing three successive defeats, which had left Wanderers 18th in the Championship and with just three wins from their last 16 league games.

But asked whether he should have been given more time, Solbakken simply told Sky Sports News: "Yes. It's the name of the game. I am not a bitter person but obviously I think it was the wrong decision, but I sincerely hope Wolves can climb the table and they will be successful."

He added: "I have enjoyed every minute of it. I understand it especially with the last three of four performances and results but we are in the middle of January and a lot of players are soon coming back so it's a good combination for changing things. But that was not to be and you have to respect that, it's not my club and not my money."

Wolves wasted little time appointing their fourth boss in less than a year after the dismissal of Mick McCarthy last February and the brief tenure of Terry Connor.

Saunders was immediately linked with the vacancy, and an announcement from League One club Doncaster on Sunday morning stated they had received an approach and had given the 48-year-old permission to speak to the Black Country club.

It was subsequently revealed by Rovers on Sunday night that Saunders had accepted the new position and compensation had been agreed - 24 hours after Solbakken's departure - with Wolves officially confirming the appointment on Monday morning.

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 the Keepmoat Stadium with Rovers currently joint-top of League One.

Saunders told Sky Sports News: "It was a very difficult decision to leave Doncaster but this is a big club, it's a big challenge and I am looking forward to it. It is a tough league and we have to try and get up the other end of it. We have to hit the ground running. It's a great club and I am proud to be the manager."


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