Karl Henry insists the players are to blame for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ struggles this season.
Having lost their Premier League status last season, hopes were high amongst the Molineux faithful that they would launch a bid for an instant return to the top-flight this term. However, a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day was their third successive loss, and this leaves them lagging behind in 18th position in the Championship standings.
Manager Stale Solbakken, who was appointed during the summer, has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, as his side are now just six points above the relegation zone. However, captain Henry has leapt to the defence of the Norwegian coach, insisting that he and his team-mates must take the blame for their poor form.
“We know the last three performances have not been good enough and as players we have to take responsibility for that,” he told the club website. “We had been on a decent run of results and have let ourselves and the fans down with the displays over Christmas. But that is certainly not down to a lack of effort.
“We have a squad of players who are giving their all and are fully behind the manager and what he is trying to do here to take the club in a new direction. Maybe the hangover after relegation has affected us more than we thought. I know that the last time Wolves were relegated they really struggled in the following season.
“But it is no good making excuses – while the Championship has changed a lot since we last played in it we have to do better and certainly a lot better than we have been playing at the moment. Everyone is still in it together from managers to backroom staff and players and that is the only way we will get back to form.”