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Jez: I'll always be unpopular with the fans.

JEZ Moxey says he will remain the 'pantomime villain' - a scapegoat in troubled times.

"Nobody puts me under more pressure than myself but people want scapegoats, don't they?'' he said.

''I'm not a popular figure. I am the pantomime villain - always have been, always will be. I'm perceived to be some Machiavellian figure who is not interested in the football and doesn't know anything about football. I've only worked in it for 25 years but I know nothing about it. That goes with the territory.

"I know what my job is and what my strengths are.

"We want to hear what fans are thinking and we know what they are thinking, but don't forget the elephant in the room this season (results).

''If you want to blame me for it, that's fine. They can blame me for it but I work for this football club and have said many times before, and it will irritate people when I say it again, I think I care more about Wolverhampton Wanderers than anybody else. I absolutely believe that."

Moxey says the players should take a share of the blame.

"Fans have criticised us in the past because when we've been in the Premier League they don't think we've spent enough money in terms of wages,'' he added.

"We will be the second or third-highest wage bill in the Championship. The team that we have got should not be in 21st place with 16 games to go.

"People can blame whoever they want to blame and look for a scapegoat: look to point the blame at the chairman not spending enough money, at Moxey who keeps the purse strings tight. Do that all you want but there were not many Championship clubs reinvesting an eight-figure sum on seven new players in the summer."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 7, 2013
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