Anorak | Wolves boss Terry Connor is Oliver Holt’s white man’s burden

Wolves boss Terry Connor is Oliver Holt’s white man’s burden

by | 21st, March 2012

WOLVES are bottom of the Premier League. Their manager is Terry Connor. He’s black. Oliver Holt notices. He writes in the Mirror :

Why the sick wolves are already howling for Terry Connor’s blood

I am indebted to Terry Connor for enticing a new snail’s trail of morons and trolls to come slipping and sliding out of the compost heap… ‘So much for black managers, eh? This is what happens when you go down that route.’

Who says that? Morons and trolls, that’s who. Who listens to morons and trolls? Answer: other morons and trolls and newspaper writers looking for an angle:

Well, thank you very much, because this is indeed what happens. This is what happens when you give a black Englishman a job in the Premier League. What happens is that he is judged by different, harsher criteria. Subliminally, perhaps. But the effect is the same.

Wolves are bottom of the Premier League. Wolves sacked Mick McCarthy on 13 February. Connor was appointed on 24 February. Connor has been manager for four matches. FOUR. Wolves have drawn 2 and lost three of them, including two 5-0 defeats.

Connor should, of course, be given a full season in the job. If he was good enough in a crisis in the Premier League, he is good enough to to manage a side more of his own design in the Championship. But chairman and boards get the jitters. Sacking McCarthy was an error. Connor has taken on a tough job.

Holt turns to racism:

It is more deeply embedded. It is subtler, too. And it is an awful lot harder to tackle than one man racially abusing another.

Of course it is. Look at the elite institutions in this country. See any black faces in the massed ranks of the Royal Family and their kin? See many darker faces on the front benches in Westminster? Look past Ed Miliband the assimilated Jew and see if you can spot the black man? See many black faces at the Leveson Inquiry into media standards, any black editors of national papers or black leader writers? Racism is deeply embedded. When Tam Dalyell MP said that Tony Blair was “unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers”, Jews winced. It was a lie that played into a fear.


The issue here is not whether Mick McCarthy should have been sacked as Wolves boss in the first place.

He shouldn’t.

Nor is there any suggestion that the fans have singled Connor out for criticism more than they did McCarthy.

They haven’t.


But let’s put it this way; if another manager had taken over at Wolves, say Alan Curbishley or Steve Bruce, the tone of the wider reaction to recent reverses would have been more understanding.

Would it? Are tolls and morons understanding people? Curbishley and Bruce have experience. They have managed teams in the Premier League before. Is it only racism that would save them from the trolls and the morons? Holt then says Connor has not been afforded the respect her deserves; the respect that would surely have been afforded to his white counterparts.

Even after his first defeat at Fulham, people were saying he was out of his depth.

And they

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