Wolverhampton Wanderers split ways with former manager Nuno Espírito Santo in November. Since then, French manager Pierre Pellegri has been tasked with guiding the side to safety in the Premier League. This is what has happened since.
Santo's departure from the club in November saw all first team staff leave too. Pellegri put together his own staff team in his first few weeks at the club. This team was spearheaded by assistant manager Roy Keane - a man who needs no introduction. Manchester United legend, serial title winning captain. Ruthless and tough. He was seen as the ideal assistant for Pellgri as he looked to raise the standards at a club that had been struggling.
Pellegri's managerial career at Wolves started with a bang. A comprehensive 4-1 victory away to Brighton was followed up with a win away to Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League, a result which confirmed Wolves' progression to the Last 32 of the competition. Pellegri's home debut was just as sweet as his Wolves side overcame a poor Arsenal side to make it three wins from three. This was followed up by a stunning 3-0 win over Crystal Palace to secure Wolves' fourth win in a row in all competitions.
However, the honeymoon period ended abruptly. A trip to Old Trafford saw Wolves suffer defeat at the hands of Manchester United, who were rampant in a 4-0 win. The result marked Pellegri's first defeat as a manager, and was a reality check for Wolves. Further defeats in the next eight days at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Everton served as a reminder of the defensive frailties at the club, and Pellegri will be expected to address this in the next transfer window.
Wolves bounced back, however. A 4-3 win against West Ham at the London Stadium was played out before their most stunning result of the season - a 2-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day. It was a thrilling result to mark the festive period, as Wolves tactically outplayed the hosts. Wolves shut off the spaces and hit City behind their full backs repeatedly. Pep was fuming. Wolves then wrapped up 2019 in style, defeating Sheffield United at home.
The revolution of Wolves under Pellegri saw the club rise to 14th. 18 points in 8 games under the Frenchman was a terrific amount, with the goal scoring seen as a major factor (19 goals scored in 8 games). Wolves were not out of trouble yet but could start looking upwards at the teams they could overtake, assuming the good form continues.
At the heart of Wolves' good form was Morgan Gibbs-White, who was recognised as the Premier League's Young Player of the Month for December. The English midfielder is expected to become a star player for Wolves for years to come and Pellegri will be determined to tie him down to a long-term contract.
Wolves will kick off 2020 with a home game against Bournemouth before travelling to Middlesbrough for an FA Cup 3rd Round clash. Then, the big games arrive. Anfield will host Liverpool versus Wolves, as Wolves will look to prove they can battle with the big boys. A clash against Southampton will follow before Wolves then host Manchester City to close out the month. Guardiola's side will be out for revenge and will surely prove to be better than they were on Boxing Day.
, well.... for now
, put some respect on Austin's name.
, where Pierre is, fun will be had
, it was a sign of the promise within the Wolves squad. Plenty of talent in the team!