It was a tale of two halves of the year for Wolves in 2015.
It started with heartbreak with the loss of Sir Jack Hayward in January – uniting fans in grief.
In a typical Sir Jack way his spirit seemed to galvanise the club and there was hope in the early part of the year that we may be on the cusp of back-to-back promotions but sadly we missed out on the play-offs by the skin our teeth.
Despite this, the mood around Molineux was buzzing, we had the right players and just as importantly the right man to guide them.
But a disastrous second half of the year that included contract disputes, the loss of Bakary Sako, the still bewildering sale of Player of The Season Richard Stearman and the club put up on the market, meant we are now enter 2016 during turbulent times and Kenny Jackett’s position now being questioned.
There’s much to do to bring the feelgood factor back to Wolves so here are some New Year’s resolutions the club should stick to in 2016.
Sort out the future of Afobe
It’s no secret that Benik Afobe will be the target of bids during this January transfer window and no doubt Norwich City will come sniffing around.
Wolves turned down a £10 million bid from the Norfolk side in August but with the club now up for sale could we refuse a bid of that size again?
Either way Benik’s future needs sorting. His form has dipped from that ‘every touch turns to goals’ striker the back end of last season to an isolated figure lacking confidence this term.
His ability it undoubted and the question for Benik is, does he want to help Wolves achieve their dream and develop his game or take the fast track to the Premier League in an unfamiliar and struggling side?
The choice is Benik’s and he can commit to Wolves or jump ship. If it’s the latter two names he should consider; Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher they’re proof the grass isn’t always greener.
Get Jordan Graham signed-up
Regardless of the flak he has taken Kenny Jackett must get praise for blooding Graham into the first team.
He was on the brink of being a sent back out on loan to Oxford but an injury to Rajiv Van La Parra saw that move halted and Jackett opted for the youngster over Sheyi Ojo and Nathan Byrne.
Jackett hasn’t been afraid to try the youth and this has been proved with Dominic Iorfa and Kourtney Hause both stepping up from the U21s to the first team.
Graham has been a breath of fresh air for Wolves. He can beat a man and is great on set pieces and the public praise he received from Ian Holloway was fully deserved.
With talk of bids from Premiership clubs who will be taking note of the youngster so it has to be high on Wolves’ agenda for 2016 to get the lad tied down to a new contract.
Sale of the club
It is imperative that the sale of the club doesn’t affect us going into the 2016/17 season (yes we’ve written this one off already, sadly).
Moxey warned that Wolves fans needed to be patient with the sale but this of course comes with a risk – that risk being the club can begin to stagnate.
Our rivals West Brom, Aston Villa and Birmingham City are all on the market with particularly the largest of the clubs, Villa, well on the way to relegation.
The problem is they’ve all been for sale for so long they are neither here nor there and a sense of apathy surrounds all them.
This could well be Wolves if our sale becomes a long drawn out saga and you feel attendances will be further hit if Wolves’ direction isn’t clear.
While it is so important to get the right owner an eye must be kept on the success on the field and the feeling towards the club by fans. If left too long 13th in The Championship could be our level, how depressing, and the fans will vote with their feet.
Address the drop in attendances
Of course us being on TV every bloody week has had an impact and no doubt Moxey will point to form rather than price being a factor for the no shows.
But that’s one hell of a assumption and it is just too ignorant to just dismiss that Wolves’ form is the only reason thousands are staying away – it’s not.
Last season we averaged around 22,419 and in our League One title winning campaign it was 20,879. This was lower than the previous year, yes the year we had a back four consisting of Roger Johnson and Kaspars Gorks, where we averaged 21,773.
With most things it is the cost, whether Moxey or those in charge of tickets want to admit that is a whole different story.
They argue making the matchday ticket cheaper devalues a season ticket. The solution? Make the season tickets cheaper. If Wolves want evidence that cheaper tickets draw in a larger crowds look to the Derby game last season.
For that game tickets prices were slashed and despite it being televised and on a Friday night Wolves had their biggest attendance of the season.
It is not rocket science that the more people through the gate, and for less, the more cash in their pocket to spend within the ground as opposed at cheaper locations away from Molineux.
The men and women at the top need to sit down and draw-up a proper strategy to tackle this growing problem because it isn’t going away.
BY ADAM THOMPSON