Jamie O’Hara admits there was a ‘massive divide’ between players and fans when he played for Wolves – but claims they are a ‘proper club’ now.
O’Hara, along with Roger Johnson, remains a divisive figure among the Molineux faithful for his part in the ‘double-dip’ relegations that sent the club spiralling from the Premier League to League One from 2011-13.
Fans claimed he made a gesture of rubbing his fingers together to indicate his wealth in the defeat at Brighton that sealed Wolves’ fate to League One in 2013.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the midfielder said: “I think the problem was a massive divide with the fans and the players when I was there.
“They have got some world class players in there now. You look at the way the manager has got them playing and it’s a proper football club again.
“Now, they have united as a club and really pushing in the right direction.”
O’Hara had previously ran into trouble with Wolves fans after disobeying instructions from club staff not to leave the ground via the front entrance while a protest went on outside in March 2012.
Now 32 and playing for sixth-tier outfit Billericay Town in National League South, O’Hara insists there are no hard feelings towards Wolves however and even backed them to win the FA Cup.
“It’s a fantastic football club. I am glad to see them doing so well and what they are doing now,” he said. “The way they are playing is really exciting to watch.
“I think they are going from strength to strength. They have played well against the top teams so they have definitely got a fantastic chance (of winning the FA Cup).”
After being excluded from Wolves’ plans due to a lack of fitness, O’Hara went on trial at Blackpool.
He left Molineux in 2014 following three goals in 57 games, and had spells with the Tangerines, Fulham and Gillingham prior to joining Billericay in March 2017.
Out of contract after leaving Gillingham, O’Hara featured in the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in January 2017.
In the April of that year, it was announced O’Hara had been fined two weeks’ wages by Billericay for getting into a physical altercation with a young supporter following a 3-2 defeat by Leatherhead.