With the January transfer window now a distant memory, you'd expect the rumour mill was ready to wind down and be put into hibernation until the end of the season. You'd be wrong. The recent sacking of Mick McCarthy at Wolves has given a new lease of life to the Mill of Faraway Dreams.
Plenty of names have been banded about, with each individual paper and news outlet picking up a different candidate, 'worthy of the job.' It should be tedious and rather dull for any neutral, but in reality, it's exciting stuff.
With so much negativity in football at the moment, from the racism scandals engulfing the sport, to the gulf that continues to grow between teams in all leagues, the nature of the Wolves job hunt has come at an ideal time.
Despite losing one of the game's most brilliant characters in Mick McCarthy, having something else to concentrate on, rather than the rather distasteful stories that continue to appear regarding the Premier League, is a relief. Not to Wolves fans, but a relief nonetheless.
But the entertainment brought to press conferences by McCarthy won't be beaten. Even if the candidates rumoured do appear at Molineux.
The current favourite for the job is Reading manager Brian McDermott. Since taking the reigns at Reading in late 2009, McDermott has taken the club on two good FA Cup runs (two our of three of his campaigns have reached the quarter finals), alongside a play-off final last season, falling at the last hurdle to Swansea City. He lacks Premier League experience, with this being his first major managerial job in football, but his ability to build a good squad and to get the utmost from his team has been shown in the 3rd position Reading currently hold in the Championship. A good man manager who can handle egos, and will be a great replacement and holds many similarities to McCarthy.
Another name thrown into the hat has been that of Steve Bruce. The ex-Sunderland manager has the relevant Premier League experience that Chief Executive Jez Moxey sees as pivotal, after roles at Wigan, Birmingham, and with the Wearside club. He has proven himself in the top flight, whilst working on budgets (until the arrival of Ellis Short at Sunderland) similar to that of Wolves.
A late arrival to the party has been Brighton manager Gus Poyet. Rumours were abound yesterday that Wolves had made preliminary enquiries about the Uruguayan, but were very quickly put off by the £2m fee, plus compensation that Chairman Steve Morgan would have to pay. He would be an appointment that would show a lot of ambition, which Moxey himself would like to see, yet his lack of Premier League experience, alongside an unproven managerial career, leaves him bottom of the shortlist.
We also saw Alan Curbishley mentioned, and also interviewed for the role. Fifteen years at Charlton, and a near-three year stint at West Ham made him the perfect mix of ambition and experience, but rumour has it that he and Morgan didn't see eye to eye in the direction the club was to head. He was ideal for the club, but will instead look elsewhere for work.
The final name that was linked to the job was Neil Warnock, now in charge of Leeds United. At the time, Warnock had just been relieved of his duties at QPR, and was seen as the stand-out candidate for the job. Having managed in the Premier League throughout his managerial career, he'd have been just what the Wolves Board need to remain in the Premier League. Currently, that status is in jeopardy, and in a state of unknown.
One thing we do know, however, is that the Board at Wolves would like to see an appointment by the weekend. Expect movement over the next few days that will lay down the foundations for a new dynasty at Wolves.
Just a quick point.
Sunderland is on the Wear not the Tees!