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Alan Curbishley, Walter Smith and Brian McDermott all said no. Dave Jones and Steve Bruce didn’t even get a whiff. So now there will be an interim manager to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy—his former assistant, Terry Connor. One can hear the collective sigh from the Billy Wright stand at Molineux (sounds a bit like some trees whooshing in a spring breeze) as disappointed fans lament how not one of these stellar candidates took the job.

Well, this is what we presume to be the case, anyway. Maybe instead we can appeal to the better angels of our nature and hope that more than several Wolves’ supporters were relieved instead that the board has purchased a bit of time to make an educated choice as to who will helm the club for the next few seasons, relegation or no.

After all, McCarthy was sacked eleven days ago. If football managed to be a sensible sport and not a series of fires in perpetual need of putting out, boards, owners and chairmen would’ve appointed Connor as interim manager first thing. They would have had an emergency meeting, discussed all of their short-term options, and formed a search committee. They would have drawn up a set of qualifications required for a club with the size, fan-base, and players as Wolves. And if England was not England, there would be a wealth of eager, qualified candidates with full UEFA licenses to consider, enough that a search committee would be a necessity, not a luxury.

Instead, the ‘search’ involved Wolves paffing about left and right, firing off missives (almost certainly by fax) to whomever had been in smelling distance of a Premier League club in the last few seasons. In other words, the familiar, tight-knit gang of tactical shysters like Curbs and Smith that hoover up money from all the suckers, whether chairman or TV producers. Knowing Wolves would take anyone—ANYONE AT ALL—in light of their position on the Premier League table, they played hard to get. A ‘farce’ as some papers called it, certainly. But perhaps also a blessing in disguise.

Canada

The Hutch is back!

So is De Guz, both against Armenia in the Canada friendly.

The consensus is Stephen Hart had a rough time making his team selections.

Montreal Impact’s Brian Ching soap opera worked to their advantage.

Canadian keeper Milan Borjan likely headed to FC Vaslui.

What to do about Doneil Henry at Toronto FC?

England

Blackburn’s Chris Samba in talks with Anzhi Makalakadingdong.

More pressure on AVB at Chelsea, from you know who.

Harry stares anxiously at the telephone.

Thierry Henry says the obvious thing.

SAF admits he made some selection errors in 1-2 loss to Ajax, which saw Man United squeak through to the next round.

Steve Kean forced to hire a bodyguard.

Interesting analysis of Wenger’s spending habits at Arsenal since he took over in 1996.

Spurs’ struggle to secure Adebayor continues.

Michah Richards has a whinge at Capello.

Italy

Allegri happy if Milan ‘win ugly‘ against Juve this weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti insists he would have not let Pirlo go if he was at Milan.

Edy Reja at Lazio: will he stay or will he go?

Milan and Juventus both make Robin Van Persie a top summer transfer target.

Donovan and Dempsey will both face Italy in a friendly with the US.

Spain

La Liga Loca’s weekend preview.

Fernando Torres dropped by Spain.

Bits and bobs

Cardiff’s Far East connection.

All England’s Euro 2012 alibis in full. Sorted.

Andy Brassell on Marseille and Inter.

Rangers director apologizes for role in allowing the disgraced Craig Whyte to purchase club.

And that, give or take, is the story so far…

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