Steady Eddie must keep Wolves solid
TOP HALF IN CHAMPIONSHIP SHOULD BE JACKETT’S TARGET
I’M absolutely delighted for Kenny Jackett, who has taken Wolves back to the Championship in his first season in charge. Believe it or not, I think Kenny is as near as you can get to a Mick McCarthy, the man whose sacking in 2012 started Wolves’ fall from the Premier League to League One.
While I have a lot of time for the owner Steve Morgan, and his chief executive Jez Moxey, I’m sure they look back on the last two years and realise things could have been done differently.
But life is about learning from your mistakes and the appointment of Kenny last summer showed they had.
Kenny is the ultimate steadyEddie, a man who’s stable, knows the division, knows what he needs and what he doesn’t. He’s no-nonsense, and that’s what I mean when I say he’s like Mick, who is currently doing a great job at Ipswich.
I hope Wolves’ experience has shown everyone that changing the manager isn’t always the answer. And in fairness, I think Wolves will stick with Kenny for a long time now.
What he’s done so well is win the fans back. Gone are the mercenaries who always crop up when you’re in the Premier League. Instead, he’s encouraging young players who’ve come through the youth system, he’s got everybody hungry and everybody together.
And it looks to me like the Wolves public have responded. How many other clubs would have taken 9,000 to MK Dons?
Now those fans – who support Wolves so well and make Molineux such a friendly place to go and watch games – have another role to play: they need to understand that it won’t be a piece of cake in the Championship next season.
The finances at the top of the Championship are such that it is easy to over-commit yourself. Though Wolves are a big club, it would be a mistake to try and match the others straight off the bat.
So while Kenny and the fans will both want to aim high, I think it’s more important that they keep giving the home-grown lads a chance and keep building the solid foundations the way they have done this season. A top-half finish would be a great result.