Wolves go from trigger-happy to scattergun as hunt for manager goes on

It feels like the job that nobody wants. Or maybe that should be the job that only Steve Bruce wants. It is now 10 days since Mick McCarthy was sacked yet Wolverhampton Wanderers appear no closer to naming a replacement after suffering knock-back after knock-back during a recruitment process that has been almost as embarrassing as the 5-1 hammering West Bromwich Albion inflicted at Molineux a little under a fortnight ago.

That result loaded the gun and signalled the end of McCarthy’s reign, although we have learned since that pulling the trigger is a lot easier than appointing a new manager, especially when there are only 13 games of the season remaining and a club are in relegation trouble. The two-week gap between the defeat by Albion and Saturday’s game against Newcastle United should have been an advantage to Wolves but instead it has given them more time to make a pig’s ear of finding McCarthy’s successor.

At the start it felt like there was a coherent strategy, whereby Premier League experience would be a prerequisite and Wolves would move quickly to identify the right candidates. Steve Morgan, the Wolves owner, went as far as to say, on the day that McCarthy was issued with his P45, that Alan Curbishley was “exactly the calibre of person that we’re looking for”.

It all seemed straightforward. Yet a week later the search was being widened to include Championship managers, such as Brighton