Wolves manager Terry Connor gets support from players

Wolves manager Terry Connor
Wolves manager Terry Connor gets players' support

Wolves defender Stephen Ward insists manager Terry Connor is the "right man" to keep his side in the Premier League.

Mick McCarthy was replaced by Connor last month but Wolves have taken only one point from five matches with him in charge and are bottom of the league.

"It's nothing to do with TC why we are in this position," said Ward.

"We weren't exactly firing on all cylinders before he was appointed, but, if you ask all the boys, they would all say TC has been the right man."

Wolves are four points from Premier League safety and have won only once in 2012.

McCarthy was sacked on 13 February and Steve Bruce was interviewed for the job before Connor was promoted from assistant manager until the end of the season.

But Ward does not believe appointing a manager from outside the club would have made a difference.

He said: "I don't think anyone could have done better. When the decision was made, we all backed it straight away.

"Anyone else coming in would have taken a couple of weeks to have a look at the boys to get to know us, find out his best team and who he wanted and who he didn't."

Ward also claims it is the players, not the manager, who should take responsibility for Wolves' lowly league position.

"He's kept us all going but the boys have to hold our hands up and say we've not been good enough this season.

"It's down to us and we've got to hold our hands up."

Wolves face a crucial match against fellow relegation-candidates Bolton on Saturday.

"We still believe we can stay in this league. One result could still change everything," said Ward.