Steady Ed­die must keep Wolves solid

TOP HALF IN CHAM­PI­ONSHIP SHOULD BE JACK­ETT’S TAR­GET

The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

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?

Mis­take

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.

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