Defiant manager Dean Saunders today insisted he had “no regrets” about taking on the job of resurrecting Wolves and is hell-bent on restoring the club to the top flight.
Boss Saunders goes into tonight’s visit of Watford with the club without a win in 12 games and locked in the Championship’s bottom three.
Saunders is determined to change around the fortunes of the third-from-bottom club as they strive to climb out of the relegation zone.
They are two points from safety behind in-form and fourth-from-bottom Barnsley, who have a game in hand.
The 48-year-old Welshman said: “This is a great club, I have been here for five minutes and I’m determined to make the whole thing work. What’s happening to us now is just a problem I didn’t expect.
“I was getting prepared for a promotion challenge next season but now I’ve got to address this situation because we’ve got to stay in this league first.
“Next season I can assure everyone, if we manage to stay up, we’ll have a team in July on the starting grid ready to compete for promotion.”
Saunders has received advice from former Albion and Villa boss and current Express & Star columnist Ron Atkinson.
“I love doing the job and I love the pressure – there are millions of good managers sat in their garden doing nothing, with no pressure,” he said.
“I’ve spoken to Graeme Souness, and Ron Atkinson rang me on Sunday a couple of hours before kick-off. He told me to keep going, you get ups and downs as a manager but you must keep believing in what you’re doing.”
Wolves’ squad has been left disjointed by four managers in a year.
And Saunders acknowledged he was drafted there to try to knit the various changes he and predecessors Stale Solbakken, Terry Connor and Mick McCarthy tried to impose on the squad.
“I’m a ‘late sub’ here but I’ve been brought in to try to put things right,” he said.
“The more I’m looking at it, it’s the accumulation of four managers’ sets of players.
"There’s a group of players who probably played for Mick McCarthy in the Championship and a group who played for him in the Premier League.
"Then there's a team who started to a play a different style in this league with six players who were brought in by the previous manager.
“And obviously that hasn’t been able to be blended all together.
“That’s my job, and if we can’t blend it together then we’ll have to rebuild it.”
Saunders admitted there was a chance of a one last loan. “I’ve been trying like mad to sign a certain type of player I think we need, but it’s very difficult to get them,” he said.