Exclusive report by Tim Nash. Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey today delivered a critical new year's verdict on the current players – and warned they need to 'work it out' as January won't be the answer to their problems.
Moxey admitted fans were right to be angry with Stale Solbakken's team after the shocking performances in the home defeats against Peterborough and Ipswich.
The back-to-back home collapses left Wolves ending the year 17th in the Championship, nine points off the play-offs and the same number from the drop zone before today's trip to high-flying Crystal Palace.
Molineux's senior officer dodged the issue of Solbakken's future but rounded on the players in a 'must do better' warning.
"The fans have every right to be furious at the results," said Moxey.
"All of us – the board, manager and players – expect better and want better, and we must be better, it's as simple as that."
Solbakken is hoping to strengthen his squad with two or three new signings but players must leave as well.
As the January transfer window swung open for business today, the club aren't close to any deals, in or out.
Moxey warned the onus will be on the current players to drag Wolvers out of their current mess.
"The January transfer window will not be the answer to all of our problems," he said.
"We have to try to get players out as well as try to bring players in. This team is good enough to be doing much better and everyone knows that.
"The players need to work it out."
One player who could return to Wolves this month, 14-goal striker Leigh Griffiths, wants to extend his loan at Hibernian until the end of the season. Wolves will invoke the year's option on his contract which expires in the summer. Griffiths' last match for Hibs is scheduled to be against his former club Dundee when the SPL returns to action on January 19 following the winter break which starts after Thursday's derby at Tynecastle.
But Griffiths is anxious to remain with Hibs, saying: "I've told them I want to stay."
Wolves Under-21 striker Liam McAlinden, who is out of contract this summer, is said to be attracting the interest of Everton.
But the club are very hopeful he will sign a new deal.