Steve Morgan: Wolves owner offers to quit Championship club

By Ged ScottBBC Midlands Sport
Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey

Wolves owner Steve Morgan has offered to leave the relegation-threatened Championship club.

Wolves are two points from safety following a turbulent 12 months which has seen the club suffer relegation from the Premier League and have four different managers.

Following widespread criticism, Morgan told Wednesday's Fans' Parliament: "If you want me to go, I'll go.

But, like the fans, he insists that is driven only by success for Wolves.

"If they want to drive me out of the club I will go," said Morgan. "If it gets to the point where I feel I am not wanted I will go, simple as that.

"But, if that day comes, it won't be for the want of trying or effort."

Morgan, the multi-millionaire owner of North-West house building firm Redrow, said that he is even willing to talk to potential new investors - alluding to an approach a couple of years ago that subsequently "disappeared in a puff of smoke" when asked for proof of funding.

But the boyhood Liverpool fan, whose first attempt to buy a football club ended in failure at Anfield eight seasons ago, insists that he has no regrets about switching his attentions to Molineux in August 2007.

"The last 18 months have been crap," he told the selected gathering of Wolves supporters at Molineux. "But do I regret coming here? No. Is the job too much for me? No. What's my exit plan? I don't have one.

"I am fully committed to this football club and I want exactly the same as you [the fans] want.

"I am not here for any other reason than to try and make the club successful.

"I am pouring money in and we are losing £6.5m this year and you don't want to see the budget for next year. We have players on big salaries and we are going to lose an absolute fortune."

The club have been criticised this season for spending money on their expensive reconstruction of Molineux's new North Bank stand, rather than strengthening the team who are now in the bottom three and without a win in 12 matches - the last eight of them under new manager Dean Saunders.

Although seven new signings were brought in by previous manager Stale Solbakken in the summer, only one of them, Bakary Sako, has been deemed a success.

And, despite sacking Solbakken early last month and appointing Saunders, Wolves failed to make a senior signing in the January window.

But, in an impassioned appearance at the latest of the club's regular Fans Parliament sessions, Morgan revealed that, since ending Sir Jack Hayward's 17-year reign at Molineux by completing his takeover of Wolves in August 2007, he has spent £73m on player purchases.

And, having banked big money following the summer sale of star players Steven Fletcher, Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly, who all preferred to stay in the Premier League, Morgan defended the construction of their new stand.

"The stand is the infrastructure for the club for the future," he added. "People say why did we buy the stand and spend £18m?

"But I could find a lot more than £18m in transfers that have been a waste of money."

Having also revealed that Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey took a 50% pay cut following relegation, Morgan is now calling for a united front following speculation that fans are planning a protest at Friday night's home game with promotion-chasing Watford.

"We are all in this together," said Morgan. "Do I want to see a protest out here on Friday night? No.

"Anyone connected with the club knows our position is unacceptable. But protesting against the players undermines everything. Turning on our own is not the way to do it."