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Solbakken has maintained Wolves' English character, says Jamie

Last Updated: 06/10/12 1:11pm

Jamie O'Hara told Soccer AM that Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has settled in well at Molineux.

"You can do all your running and function but as soon as you try and kick a ball it is like your leg is going to fall off."

Jamie O'Hara

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Solbakken, 44, took charge of the Black Country outfit in May following their relegation from the Premier League and has guided his new side into the upper echelons of the Championship table during the early part of the campaign.

Wanderers midfielder O'Hara, currently sidelined with a bout of groin tendonitis, says the former Cologne and FC Copenhagen chief has brought some fresh ideas to the club but still maintained the team's English identity.

"I have been really impressed by the new manager; a few people didn't really know him but I knew him from Champions League stuff and knew he would come in and do a good job," O'Hara said of the Norwegian.

"I have not been in the dressing room too much but he has got (a rant) in him and I like that. (Former Wolves boss) Mick McCarthy had a dry personality and was funny, but the new gaffer has a great sense of humour, too, and has got some good banter.

"I've worked with foreign managers quite a lot - something a lot of the lads at Wolves haven't - and I knew he would make some changes; everything is timed in training and that has made a big difference.

"There are a lot of English and British managers doing well and Sir Alex Ferguson is the best manager of all time, I think. So you need that English culture as well and the gaffer has realised that and he has got that about him."


Ex-Tottenham star O'Hara, who moved to Wolves on a permanent basis in 2011 after a successful loan spell, expects to be back on the training field within the next couple of months as he gears up for a return to Wanderers' first team.

"Groin tendonitis is a pretty serious injury and when Steven Gerrard had it he was out for nine months, while Jonathan Woodgate was out for 18 months," said the 26-year-old.

"You can do all your running and function but as soon as you try and kick a ball it is like your leg is going to fall off. It is a nightmare period for me at the moment but hopefully I am at the backend of it now.

"Hopefully with a bit of rehab I will be back training in six weeks; I'm going to start with the Under-15s and try to get my confidence back, something I know Chelsea did with Michael Essien after his knee injury."

O'Hara added: "Being injured means you get to spend a bit more time with the family, though, as you are not travelling away as much, while as I want to do some managing and coaching in the future you get to work on that, too, and I am in the process of earning my badges."