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Dean Saunders pays the price after Wolves' relegation from the Championship

Updated: Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:07 | Comments

A 3-0 defeat to Brighton confirmed Wolves' drop to the third tier and the end of Saunders' tenure
A 3-0 defeat to Brighton confirmed Wolves' drop to the third tier and the end of Saunders' tenure

Wolves have sacked manager Dean Saunders and have begun the search for their fifth permanent manager in less than 15 months.

Saunders, 48, replaced Stale Solbakken in January, but won just five of his 20 games in charge and could not prevent Wolves from dropping into npower League One, the club's second successive relegation.

The midlands club lost five of their last six matches of the season and former Doncaster boss Saunders is followed out of Molineux by assistant Brian Carey. 

A statement released this morning on the club's website read: "Manager Dean Saunders has been informed by Wolves that his contract is to be terminated.

"The decision has been made following confirmation of Wolves' relegation to npower League One. Assistant manager Brian Carey will also be leaving the club.

"Wolves have now begun a recruitment process, which, in conjunction with the board, will be managed by head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell.

"The club will now take as long as is necessary to make this crucial appointment and there will be no publicly communicated timescales.

"Wolves would like to thank Dean and Brian for their efforts in what has been a very difficult period for everyone, and wish them both the very best for the future.

"The club will be making no further comment at this stage."

Wolves owner Steve Morgan sacked Mick McCarthy, who had spent five and a half years in charge, in February last year with the club struggling at the bottom end of the Barclays Premier League.

McCarthy's assistant Terry Connor was appointed until the end of that season, but Wolves were relegated to the npower Championship with three games remaining.

Connor was sacked the following July and Stale Solbakken, who had lost his job at Cologne the previous month, was charged with guiding Wolves straight back to the top flight.

But the Norwegian made little impact at Molineux and after just half a season, with the club lying 18th in the Championship in January, he too was sacked and replaced two days later by Saunders.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Saunders, who began his managerial career at Wrexham, took over as Doncaster manager in September 2011.

He was unable to halt Doncaster's slide into npower League One last season, but galvanised the South Yorkshire club and steered them into second place in the table before leaving to take charge of Wolves.

Doncaster secured an instant return to the npower Championship with victory at Brentford on the final day of the season under Brian Flynn, who has since stood down as Rovers manager.

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