Connor takes over at Wolves until end of season

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WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Terry Connor was named temporary manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, charged with keeping the struggling team in the Premier League.

The 49-year-old Connor will lead the club until the end of the season as an interim replacement for Mick McCarthy, who was fired last week with the team in the relegation zone with 13 matches left.

Having been part of the team's coaching staff for the past 13 years, Wolves chairman Steve Morgan said it was the correct move to make after interviewing candidates since McCarthy's departure.

"Having spoken to a number of people, we have drawn that process to a close and myself and the board are unanimous that Terry is the right man to lead the club for the remainder of the season," Morgan said. "This is a decisive step, which creates certainty, and the players are fully behind it."

Former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce and ex-West Ham manager Alan Curbishley have been interviewed, the latter then ruling himself out of the running. Brian McDermott and Gus Poyet, who both manage in England's second-tier League Championship, have also been linked with the vacancy.

Wolves are third from the bottom, two points above last-place Wigan and level on points with Blackburn. Connor's first game in charge is a trip to Newcastle on Saturday.