TOUGH TASK

Wolverhampton Wanderers have a tough task ahead of them this season in order to get out of the League One. Manager Kenny Jackett has said that people only need to look at the troubles faced by Sheffield United in their hopes of getting promotion to the Championship.

This will clearly explain the tough nature of this division despite what many think. Many assumed that it would be easy to get out of this division just because of the parachute payments that enrich clubs like Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, who were relegated only recently.

Wolves have made a strong start to the campaign and are currently third in the league table. However, they were expected to totally dominate the division, but it has not happened. Leyton Orient have been the surprise package of the season so far and they are leading the table by a massive five points already. Sheffield United have been trying to get out of this division since 2011, but they have been unable to do so. Wolves were relegated only last season, but it was the second consecutive relegation for the club.

Jackett has praised Sheffield United by saying that they may be in the third division of English football, but they are one of the big clubs in England.

“It’s very early days and they’ve got some good players. The one thing you will see on Saturday is the support they generate and the size of their club because they’re a very big club, and that won’t cease. I’m sure they’ll be disappointed with their start but there are more than 100 points to compete for, so anything is still possible. It’s early in the season. They are a genuinely big club and their expectation level is big," said Jackett ahead of the meeting with Sheffield United during the weekend.

HENRY MOVES ON

Wolverhampton Wanderers recently lost the services of midfielder Karl Henry after he joined QPR for £ 1 million. The 30-year-old has been an influential part of the Wolves team over the years.

He was the former captain of the team, while also becoming the longest serving outfield player due to his years of service. After the club's relegation into the League One, it was highly speculated that Henry will be leaving Wolves. It has proven to be the case after the midfielder joined the recently relegated QPR by signing a two-year contract.

Kenny Jackett, who was appointed as the replacement for Dean Saunders, has said that he is confident that the club can cope without the influential midfielder. Since suffering the second consecutive relegation was going to be financially difficult for the club, Jackett placed a number of players like Jamie O'Hara and Henry on the transfer list. He reckons that the club will be able to replace them with younger players coming through the ranks. This will not only help the club bring substantial revenue through transfer fees, but it will also help them reduce the wages as well.

Wolves have made a good start to the pre-season under the regime of Jackett after they managed to win at another pre-season match.

"We wish him all the best. Personally I feel it was right for the club and right for the player to have a fresh challenge. On behalf of everyone at the club, I thank him for his service and we all wish him the very best at Queens Park Rangers. We have some young players admittedly in David Davis, Lee Evans and Jack Price, and also the experience of Kevin Foley. He's been somewhat of a utility player but still looked capable when he came on last night," said Jackett.

DAVIS IS FAVOURITE

Bookmakers have installed Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis as the favourite for the vacant Wolverhampton Wanderers job. The club was recently relegated from the Championship, thus putting them in League One.

This was the second successive relegation suffered by the club, as they were in the Premier league only just over 12 months ago. Since sacking the manager Mick McCarthy, the club has been one a downward spiral that has led them into the third division of English football. They recently sacked Dean Saunders after he failed to keep the club in the Championship.

They have been searching for a replacement for the last few weeks and it is understood that Davis is one of the top targets for the club. Davies has done an extremely good job at Crewe Alexandra, as he managed to get the club into lofty heights since taking over in 2011. He is an ardent supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers and it is understood that he is set to hold talks with the club's officials. Wolves have changed the managers four times in the last 15 months, and it is understood that they are looking for some stability from the next manager they appoint.

Davis has said that it is not a secret that he is a Wolves fans, but he is not holding any hopes right now.
"It's no secret I'm a Wolves fan. But I didn't anticipate to be anywhere near in terms of that job. I'd imagine they would look for someone fairly experienced. Obviously they are looking for someone who can change the philosophy of the club, change the way they play and get the players that can do that within the budgets and constraints after relegation," said the 47-year-old, whose managerial career started with Northwich Victoria back in 2003. Crewe Alexandra is the major club he has managed.

Betting tips on the Premier League

So which of the clubs at the bottom of the Premier League will avoid the big drop? If you believed some of the stories we have been hearing over recent weeks it sounds as if it will be all of them. Jason Roberts, Reading’s striker, maintains that the club is set to get out of trouble and the players have the right mind set to do so. He is set to return the club following his lay off with a hip injury so he might be right.

Matt Lowton, Aston Villa's defender has been claiming that the club is now much improved and doesn’t intend to linger at the bottom of the league table for very long. He claims that the team now has power and pace that had been lacking, and he expects that they will get the results they need. Adrian Lopez is one of a bunch of Wigan’s returning players after recovering from various injuries believes that the returning players will revitalise the team and they will soon rise out of the relegation zone.

Well, it is unlikely that they will all be right, so where should you place your bets? At least you can get even money on Wigan, Reading is priced at 3/10 on and Aston Villa at 4/5. Nothing can save QPR though, but with odds of 1/8 is hardly worth the pop.

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CONFIDENT

The Wolves manager Dean Saunders has revealed that he is extremely confident that club can survive in the division next season. Saunders took over as the manager of the club a few weeks ago.

At the time of taking over, the club still had the opportunity to finish in the play-off position because they were only six points off the pace. However, since then a poor run of form has resulted in the club falling closer to the relegation zone. A run of five matches without a victory has left the club just two points above the relegation zone.

Wolves will certainly find it hard to take the prospect of another relegation. They were only recently relegated from the Premier league. Saunders has said that he has seen enough in the players to be convinced that they will be able to survive in division. He has expressed a lot of satisfaction about the way the players have been training over the last couple of weeks. While admitting that his players are good enough to avoid relegation, Saunders refused to think that the players and himself should not assume that relegation will not come to a club like Wolves once again. Wolves' prospect of escaping relegation has been made tough by the results this weekend.

“We’ve got enough to keep us in the division as we are. We’ve got good enough players. I watched them train on Monday morning and there are a lot of them who train properly, they put their foot in and they want to win. They’re all moaning about decisions and the attitude has been good in training. But I’ve been brought here because something is wrong. I’ve got to sort it out and I will,” said Saunders. The club last managed a victory back in December.

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