Is it a stroke of genius? Or is it just the world’s most expensive version of the Football Manager game? Does Wolves owner Steve Morgan really think the unproven Terry Connor can save his side from having to make at least two trips to Yorkshire next season? Or does he just want a go at managing the team for himself and needs a puppet to facilitate his plan? Who knows, but here’s five facts that might give you the feeling you know Terry Connor a little better.
#5 Lots of experience: Despite never having been a manager is his own right, Connor (49, from Leeds, would you believe?) does have plenty of experience. Mainly of relegation. Connor was involved with THREE teams who went through the trapdoor during his playing days. In 1983 he was part of the Brighton team that finished bottom of the then First Division (now more trendily called the Premier League). In 1987 he was still at Brighton for the majority of the season that saw them finish last in the Second Division (now tarted up as the Championship) and a year later he went down from the First Division with Portsmouth.
#4 Bring the speedos: He does like to be the seaside, particularly during the 80s and early 90s. Connor completed a south coast double going from Brighton to Portsmouth. That was followed with a stint around the Bristol channel, firstly at Swansea and then later at Bristol Rovers, which – as a better look at the map suggests – is actually a bit of a drive from the sea. Possibly explaining why he didn’t stay there for long. (The love affair with the big blue ended in 2003, however. Terry Connor was involved in an unfortunate incident whereby he saved Phil Collins from drowning, prompting his decision to stay inland for the rest of his life, hence the move to terra firma of Wolverhampton. This may not be true.)
#3 Seventh time’s a charm: It’s widely known that Connor wasn’t the first choice for the job. Or second, third, fourth or fifth choice. Steve Bruce, Alan Curbishley and Walter Smith all reportedly turned down the position in recent days. In fact, there are suggestions he only got the job after the dinner lady from the club canteen turned it down as her bingo clashed with the 3pm kick-offs of the Premier League.
#2 He’s a nice guy: He seems to be a nice guy, so much so that Joleon Lescott calls him by one of those cool initial-based title along the lines of other all round good guys such as John Terry (JT), Kevin Pietersen (KP) and Jesus Christ (JC). “TC is one of the most influential coaches I have worked with in my career – and that includes everyone I have worked with. I owe him a lot,” said the former Wolves defender.
#1 You probably wouldn’t mind him when he’s angry: Being born on November 9, Terry Connor shares a birthday with fellow manager Phil Scolari and the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferringo. Scolari famously failed at Premier League management when he was sacked from Chelsea whilst Ferringo has never managed a Premier League club, having been eighth on the list to succeed Mick McCarthy.