Saunders set for Wolves appointment

Dean Saunders is poised to become the new manager of Wolves.

Saunders set for Wolves appointment

Dean Saunders is poised to become the new manager of Wolves.

The npower Championship club confirmed that terms had been agreed with Doncaster and that only formalities remained to complete the former Wales striker’s move to Molineux.

A Wolves statement released late last night read: “Wolves can tonight confirm that terms have been agreed with both Dean Saunders and Doncaster Rovers for Saunders to become the club’s new manager.

“The formalities of the move are yet to be completed and a fuller statement will be issued once they are finalised.”

The 48-year-old quickly emerged as the preferred candidate for Wolves after they sacked Stale Solbakken on Saturday night following a poor run of form, which culminated in an FA Cup third-round defeat to non-league Luton.

In a statement last night, Doncaster’s chief executive Gavin Baldwin confirmed the move.

“I have just come off the phone with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ chief executive Jez Moxey, at 8.50pm Sunday evening, and can confirm that Dean Saunders has agreed to take over as manager at Molineux,” he said on the club’s official website.

“We have agreed a good deal for Doncaster Rovers. Work has already started on trying to find a replacement for Dean and continue our push for promotion back to the Championship.

“I have spoken with Dean to thank him for the fantastic job he has done here at Doncaster and wish him well for the future.”

Saturday’s cup defeat at Kenilworth Road proved to be the final straw for a Wolves board who have watched Solbakken fail to get a side relegated from the Premier League last season back on track.

With just three wins in 16 they languish in 18th place in the npower Championship, with the club describing results as “hugely disappointing”.

Saunders is Wolves’ fourth boss in less than a year after the departure last February of Mick McCarthy and the brief tenure of Terry Connor.

A former Liverpool and Aston Villa player, Saunders got the Doncaster job after Sean O’Driscoll was sacked last season.

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