Embattled Wolves boss Stale Solbakken today admitted the Molineux crisis is hurting his professional pride.
Solbakken took his side to Bristol City today seeking to end a run of nine games without a win, Wolves’ worst sequence at this level for 21 years.
The Norwegian has endured his toughest week in the job, from having tactics questioned by players to having paint tipped over his car outside his house.
And the 44-year-old revealed that, without his family around him, he is struggling to stop the job from consuming him 24 hours a day.
“If you’re in this business, you will have paint tipped over your car one time, and there will be serious questions asked if you’re the right man,” he said.
“But it’s not so much that the outside pressure is hurting but it’s my own professional pride that’s hurting.
“I have a very good job – many people out there have a much harder life than me, so I don’t feel sorry for myself. But my professional pride is really hurt at the moment.”
Solbakken’s playing career ended when he suffered a heart attack on the training pitch in March 2001.
The father-of-three admits the all-consuming job of managing Wolves doesn’t allow him the chance to appreciate his life.
“I’ve been dead, you know! I have a very clear conscience, and, from the day I’ve come in, I’ve worked day and night to make sure we’re successful,” he said.
“So I’ve something in the bag (cardiac arrest) that few people have had, but sometimes I wish I could sit at home and appreciate that.
“Living alone and without my family here, I spend too much time thinking about football. Maybe I work too much and I haven’t really got any release. When you’ve been through what I’ve been through, you should appreciate what I’ve been through more.”
But he insists he can still bring success to Wolves.
“I still have a good feeling that I can be successful and I can give Wolves what they hired me for,” he said.
“I don’t think we were world beaters when we near the top, and the current situation has shown that.”