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Wolves: Curbishley a contender

February 14, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Wolves chairman Steve Morgan has admitted that Alan Curbishley possesses the kind of qualities he is looking for as he begins his search to find Mick McCarthy's successor.

Alan Curbishley: Last managed at West Ham in 2008
GettyImagesAlan Curbishley: Last managed at West Ham in 2008

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Premier League strugglers Wolves sacked McCarthy as manager on Monday after a 5-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend left the club languishing in the relegation zone.

Moxey is hoping to have a new manager in place before Wolves next match, a Premier League clash with Newcastle at St James' Park on February 25, and Curbishley has intimated he would be interested in the post.

Wolves are yet to open discussions with anyone - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce and ex-QPR manager Neil Warnock has also been linked with the role - but Morgan said they would be interested in former Charlton and West Ham United boss Curbishley.

"Of course, he has got a great track record and has been there and done it before. He's the calibre of what we're looking for but there are a number of other candidates," Morgan said.

"I don't want to get drawn into a conversation about who we will be talking to but we'd certainly be interested in someone of his calibre.

"We won't be hanging around though, we can't afford to be hanging around. We'll take action in the next few days.

"We haven't spoken to anyone and wouldn't have done while Mick was in place. Now Mick is no longer with the club we'll be having a number of conversations with a number of people in the coming days."

And Curbishley, who hasn't managed since leaving West Ham in 2008, has already expressed his interest in taking over.

"If I get a phone call, then I'll speak to him. I have always said that I wanted to go back into the Premier League," he said.

"I have had opportunities to go back since I have been out of the game. The Premier League is for me, I think my record stands up. It's just that I have been out of the game for some time now."

Meanwhile, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey concedes the focus will be on candidates with Premier League experience.

He said: "This job is not a job for a novice. You keep an open mind but winning matches in the Premier League is the most difficult part of this whole scenario.

"We have to have someone in we think will win games in the Premier League.

"It's not like we have been cut adrift at the bottom. We're in there with four other clubs and we've got just over a third of a season to go.''

Moxey believes that a new voice in the dressing room may revive Wolves' fortunes.

He said: "We're in a good position, we're a stable club, have players that are there, ready to go.

"Perhaps they need [to hear] a different voice. It's nothing to do with Mick's ability. But some of these players have been here a long time.''