Terry Connor needs Wolves fans' backing, says Graham Taylor

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Connor honoured to get Wolves job

Former Wolves manager Graham Taylor has called on the club's fans to back new temporary boss Terry Connor.

Taylor said the situation was "messy" after several candidates rejected the role following Mick McCarthy's sacking.

"A section of supporters will have decided Terry's not the man for the job, but everyone at the club has to pull together," he told BBC Sport.

"While some will not agree with the appointment, that should be put to one side for the rest of the season."

The club sacked McCarthy on 13 February after the previous day's 5-1 home defeat by Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Wolves turned to McCarthy's assistant manager Connor after Walter Smith, Alan Curbishley, Gus Poyet and Brian McDermott ruled themselves out.

"You get the impression they sacked Mick McCarthy without actually knowing which manager was going to replace him. The whole thing seemed very messy at a very important time of the season," added Taylor, who managed Wolves from March 1994 to November 1995.

"Because of what has happened, they are probably being sensible in leaving things. To be rushed into an appointment was not the right thing to do.

"I think Terry himself is not looking for a long-term manager's role, but it's now down to him and the players. At least he knows them and they know him.

"Terry's a good coach. Sometimes when you are pushed on that little bit, you can surprise yourself."

Connor has been at Wolves for 13 years and has served under four different managers, but the Molineux job will be his first experience of being in charge.

Chief executive Jez Moxey had initially described the vacancy as "not a job for a novice".

Charles Ross, editor of the A Load of Old Bull fanzine, said the appointment was likely to be criticised by many Wolves fans.

"Terry Connor will be extremely unpopular with supporters and totally unfairly so," said Ross.

"He's nicknamed 'Clipboard' by some people on messageboards because he uses a clipboard at games.

"But he has been at the club for 13 years and worked with previous managers Colin Lee, Dave Jones, Glenn Hoddle and Mick McCarthy.

"The fact they all chose to keep him on means he must be doing something right.

"From my limited knowledge of him, he's a very, very decent bloke who does have the respect of the players.

"Had the club gone to another external candidate, it would have been someone who was not one of the first choices and would not have had any credibility in the dressing room."

Wolves are third from bottom in the Premier League, but only in the relegation zone on goal difference.

Former Wolves striker David Kelly, who played for the club from 1993 to 1995, said many will be relieved an appointment has been made.

"I think everyone at the football club will embrace Terry. They have tough games coming up so I just hope Terry can be the man to turn the results into winning results," he said.

"It has been reported that people have been offered the job but the board have made a decision to back Terry. To all Wolves fans out there, Premier League survival is a must and people should get behind him.

"He has got a good character and knows the club inside out, but the long and short of it is that it is a results-orientated business."

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