No regrets for Connor
Published 13/04/2012 | 13:32
Terry Connor has no regrets about stepping out of the shadows to become interim manager at Wolves even though he accepts it could end his 13-year spell at Molineux.
Connor has worked as an assistant and first-team coach under four different managers before he was given the chance to succeed the sacked Mick McCarthy until the end of the campaign. He is still searching for his first win after eight games and Wolves looked doomed to a relegation that could also see Connor depart.
But the 49-year-old said: "I knew what I was doing. I knew that (the danger of my future) when I took the challenge on. I knew that was the case. It is kind of strange when people say your future rests on 13 games, after 13 years here, but I knew when I took over that would be the case and I welcome the challenge."
Connor added: "I've taken over until May 13. I'm a big boy, I know the score in football, I know what happens (if Wolves are relegated). I went in with my eyes wide open.
"People ask if it was the biggest risk I've ever taken and I say 'no' because I think I can do the job. How I am judged after the 13 games is down to the club and what they want to do in the future. I felt ready to take on that challenge and I've enjoyed every minute. Whether I still have a job, you will have to ask the club."
Connor, who has seen his side take just a single point under his stewardship, added: "We will all sit down at the end of the season, assess what has gone on over the course of the season and discuss the last 13 games.
"The club will find their path and take the path they want to take in the future and if that's with me, fine. If not, I accept that as well.
"I've worked here for 13 years and enjoyed every minute and been a manager for 13 games out of that 13 years. I'm sure I could swallow my pride and go back and do something else. I don't think that would be an issue."
Wolves are nine points adrift of safety and, after his 10 men lost 3-0 to Arsenal in midweek, Connor knows the uphill nature of the task ahead with five games remaining.
"We just have to keep playing in the manner and spirit we showed against Arsenal for the next five games and, wherever we end up, we'll accept it," he said.