Bruno Lage has suggested the Wolves players let down Matt Perry on Saturday, who was doing his final game as club doctor before leaving after 23 years.
Perry has enjoyed a brilliant career at Molineux, which has spanned 23 seasons, 12 managers, four promotions and three relegations.
He was offered other opportunities during his time at Molineux, but Perry is Wolves through and through.
Saturday’s game against Brighton was his last, and sadly, it was arguably the first-team’s worst display of the season.
Wanderers were comfortably beaten, with Alexis Mac Allister, Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma getting the goals.
So poor was the performance that many fans had got up to leave even before Bissouma added the visitors’ third goal.
Lage feels the players not only let themselves down, but the outgoing Perry too.
He said (Express & Star): “That’s why it’s so hard to talk about this game because my last words were about that.
“We had lunch on Wednesday and the doctor spoke with the team. They remembered the good moments he’s had here over the years.
“He said two things to the players – thank you for what you are doing for the club, thank you for the lovely group you are. I could see in the players eyes that a professional here knows the work the players are doing.
“The doctor is a big fan of Wolves and I asked the players to give the same feeling to the fans.
“That’s why it’s so hard to talk about this because we didn’t play with emotion or impact the fans. It’s not a game to forget it’s a game to remember that we cannot do it.”
Sorry Wolves performance was a real shame, as Doctor Matt Perry bows out
It was a truly rotten display on Saturday, and it’s a real shame that had to be Perry’s final game.
But what a career he has had at Molineux.
You only need to look at the tribute page Wolves recently set up to see what kind of character he was.
Conor Coady said of Perry: “He’s an incredible character, an incredible person, and what he’s done for me, my family and every single person in this football club will never be forgotten. He has done everything for me and my family from the moment we arrived here. He has always been the first port of call if my kids ever had problems or if my wife ever had problems.”
In an interview with the club’s official website, Perry stated that he is looking for something more sustainable, and suggested he will retire soon.