Wolverhampton Wanderers going to the weekend’s match against Leeds United aiming for top spot in the Championship. The club had a great start to the season, but the last few weeks has been very difficult for the club. They have seen the likes of Watford and Derby County make incredible strides in the league. As a result, there are at least four possible teams capable of winning the league, while six others will be capable of finishing in the top two of the table. Kenny Jackett has received a lot of plaudits for immediately making Wolves into an automatic promotion spot contender after having getting promoted them only in the summer.
The manager has consistently maintained that one should not take a look at the league table before 10 or 12 matches. He has reiterated this once again and says that this is probably the perfect time to analyse the club’s start to the season. There was a period during the start of October when the club went through four matches without a victory. Such a poor run of form cost them the chance to open a significant lead in the table. Jackett believes that the club must need an end to this poor run of form in order to start challenging for the title. Wolves take on Leeds united during the weekend.
“We are 13 games in and you can certainly assess a start of a season after 10-12 games. That’s around 25 per cent and you’ve maybe played half the teams so you can see where you are. The two groups that are most important at a football club – the players and the supporters – they will either get confidence or lose confidence in seeing exactly where they are. Both groups could, I feel, see a solid start that we’ve made and be optimistic for the future,” said Jackett.
Wolverhampton Wanderers had to settle with a draw in their Championship League match against Charlton Athletic in a game that ended with a final scoreboard of 1-1.
This is the 2nd consecutive draw that Wolverhampton has sustained in their journey of making it through the Championship League and snatch a spot in the top tier Premier League.
The opening goal of the match was scored by Charlton Athletic’s Andre Amougou as he scored at the 25th minute but a 2nd half goal from Danny Batth rescued 1 point for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
When the match reached its end, the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers Kenny Jackett went on revealing to the media all of the emotions he felt throughout his clubs’ draw over Charlton Athletic.
"As the away side, we don’t set out to frustrate if anything on Tuesday night there was some frustration from me in the time they were taking over goal kicks and things like that. I think we showed a good attitude that we want to attack and we want to keep the game going. We played very well and controlled large parts of the game. I was pleased with the performance but frustrated with the result.” Kenny Jackett said as he explained that he was proud and happy with the performance of his squad but at the same time he was frustrated by the final result.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have just entered the Championship League as they were promoted from the League One after claiming the top spot of the 3rd tier English League in a record breaking season where they managed to register a new club record of 103 points in the League One.
After going through such a successful season in League One, Kenny Jackett wants to continue reaching new heights by winning more matches and is eager to make another dominating campaign but this time in the Championship League.
Rangers might have got better of Falkirk the other day, but, their boss Ally McCoist reckons that they are still not playing the way they should and they need to lift their game.
The Rangers didn’t have a good start in the Championships as they had lost 1-2 to Heart of Midlothian playing in Glasgow on 10th. There was pressure on them after that defeat and they responded in the best possible way by securing 3 points in the very next game i.e. against Falkirk.
The outcome of the second game did go Rangers’ way, but, the fact is that they were all over the place especially during the first half an hour. They even came close to getting trailed a few times. Had it not been for the diving saves made by their shot stopper, they would have been pushed to the verge of defeat in the first half itself.
Coming into the second half, the Rangers were a bit more on the attack and after having a couple of failed attempts at the net, they finally managed to find the back of it about 10 odd minutes prior to the final whistle.
The pressure created by that goal led to another one as in the 85th minute, Nicky Clarke struck and almost blocked the route of comeback for the opposition.
Speaking to the media later in the evening, McCoist said, “A win is always great, but, I must say we are still not where we should be as far as the level of our game is concerned.”
“It’s hard to find out a particular reason and say, ‘well things are not going well due to this’. There are good enough guys in the squad and I know they will be back at the ball.”
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has stated that the club are not desperate for new players and that he is quite relaxed about the club’s transfer activity so far. Wolves returned to the Championship in the first instance and they will be looking to get back into the Premier League the same way.
Last season, there was a lot of negativity surrounding the club after relegation to League One. Now, it is the opposite as Wolves are being considered as potential challengers for the promotion spots. Jackett, though, is staying realistic and he has stated that the club will be going through each option carefully.
Wolves have been involved in negotiations with Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire for the last few weeks.
However, they are looking unlikely to get their transfer targets since the player has ambitions of playing in the Premier League. Despite this setback, Jackett says that the club have several alternatives lined up and they will be looking to pursue them instead. Wolves have so far made two offers for the 21-year-old defender, but it now looks like Hull city will be the club signing him from Sheffield.
Jackett says that Wolves are reasonably strong across the pitch and they do not need to be desperate in the transfer market. “I don’t think we are in a desperate need for any particular position - I think the players are in a good place. They have come back and fell into a similar type of groove that they left in. The (toe) injury to Tommy Rowe is a disappointment because he had made a bright start to pre-season but looking at the timing I don’t think it will take him too long to get up to speed, so with luck he won’t miss much of the season,” said the manager.
Kenny Jackett’s record breaking campaign with Wolverhampton Wanderers has seen the English manager winning the Manager of the month award on 3 occasions but more importantly was the fact that the club cruised to the top of League One and secured their promotion ticket to the Championship League.
Former player of Wolverhampton, Steve Bull talked about the impact and the sensational season that Kenny Jackett enjoyed since being appointed as the head coach of the club.
“You couldn’t have planned last season any better. Everybody was kicking us in the teeth when we were down there, saying Wolves have done nothing.
‘‘Now those critics are quiet. Kenny Jackett has said the right things all along. He is not one of those managers to put his foot in his mouth. When he says something he makes sure the team’s actions are always louder. He is a very professional person. The talent and the flair within the squad are unbelievable. Whether that is enough to challenge Championship clubs is another thing. I think he will need to strengthen’’. Steve Bull declared.
Steve Bull made over 450 appearances for the Wolves some years ago and he still maintains a close relationship with the players of the club and the retired footballer revealed that he had been in contact with the captain Sam Ricketts before the last match of the season which they played against Carlisle.
“They have far exceeded expectations; 103 points will take some beating. I said to captain Sam Ricketts before the final game against Carlisle ‘come on, we want 3-0 or 4-0... Records don’t come around too often.’ Those pages in the history books will now stay with those players’’. Bull added on.
The next challenge of Kenny Jackett awaits him in the Championship League as Wolverhampton has not won that league since 2008.