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Saunders: Hangover must end

DEAN SAUNDERS wants Wolves to shake off their relegation hangover and get back to the Premier League party.

Saunders was unveiled as Wanderers' new boss yesterday afternoon after a whirlwind 36 hours at Molineux, succeeding Stale Solbakken following the Norwegian's dismissal in the aftermath of Saturday's humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league Luton.

The Welshman takes over a side who currently find themselves languishing in 18th place in the Championship following relegation from the top flight last season.

But he insists promotion back to the Premier League remains the brief. He said: "It's like going to the best party you have ever been and waking up with the worst hangover. Wolves have got to get over it. We have to get back to the party. That's where it is, in the Premier League."

Jay back at Dons

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Jay O'Shea has returned to MK Dons after a loan spell with Paul Cook's Chesterfield.

The 24-year-old scored twice in seven games for the League Two outfit but his future is now unclear as his loan deal is up.

Meawhile AFC Wimbledon have expressed an interest in Irish striker Mark Griffin. He was due to join Derry City from Dundalk but that move has stalled due to a row over compensation and the League Two side could make a move for the forward.

Norway mission

PREMIER Division medal winners Liam Burns and Mark Rossiter are among a batch of 18 Irish footballers who head off to Norway this evening, hoping to use a tournament for out-of-contract players to win a new deal.

For the third year in a row the player' union, PFAI, will send a squad of unattached players to play in an indoor tournament in Oslo against similar teams from Norway, Finland and Sweden which is attended by scouts and managers from across the continent. "This is a great experience for both the players and staff, and we're all looking forward to kicking off the event on Thursday morning," said manager Pat Scully.

Stevens' Sligo link

EX-ENGLAND international Gary Stevens is being lined up for the assistant manager's role with Sligo Rovers. Sligo boss Ian Baraclough is looking for a new number 2 as long-serving coach Gerry Carr has quit the club.