Connor reputation "enhanced"

Wolves boss aware he could be jobless in the summer

Terry Connor: Believes he has enhanced his reputation since taking over at Wolves

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Interim boss Terry Connor believes he has strengthened his chances of getting the Wolves job long-term despite the club facing relegation.

Wolves go into Saturday's game at Sunderland knowing they could effectively be relegated by Monday evening if results do not go their way.

Connor has overseen seven consecutive defeats and become only the fourth manager in Premier League history to pick up one point or fewer in his first eight games in charge.

As a result, he could be forgiven for thinking his hopes of remaining in the job beyond the summer are hanging by a thread.

But, when asked if his record had weakened his position, the 49-year-old told the Express and Star: "I think I've enhanced it.

"You need confidence and belief to take a manager's job and, by taking it, I've shown I've got ambitions.

"I've worked right from football in the community to first-team level and now I'm a manager.

"So it's about progression and I don't think I've weakened my position. I've added another string to my bow. I think I can do the job.

Positive

"I look at it as all positive experience and one I can use here, or if not, elsewhere.

"I look at the introduction of David Davis, the form of Michael Kightly, Matt Jarvis and Dave Edwards; Richard Stearman returning to the side and playing really well.

"Lots of good things that have happened.

"If the worse comes to the worst, you'd want to keep the nucleus of this squad together because they're a good group."

Connor also reiterated his view that he would be content to return to his prior role as an assistant if that is the wish of his employers.

And he is keen to stress the new boss would not need to be looking over his shoulder if he is retained on the staff

"I'm not that sort of person, but that will be up them," he said.

Equally, he is aware his time at Molineux could be coming to an end, adding: "I knew that was the case when I took the challenge on, but I'm still glad I took it - I've enjoyed every minute.

"I've learned lots and I wasn't going to turn down the chance of being a Premier League manager of Wolves."