Before ‘The Drop’ there were few Wolves fans who would have cheered the appointment of Kenny Jackett, but he seems a solid appointment at this level. He’s not set the world alight at either Swansea or Milwall, but oversaw steady progress for both clubs. Jackett promises a ‘high-tempo and attacking’ passing game at Wolves. If he delivers we can look forward to an exciting campaign in League One.
Assuming Jackett can drag the club out of League One (unsurprisingly we’re the odds on tip for promotion from the bookies – see Unibet - but this is still a big assumption given recent history) big changes will still be needed at the club to fulfil any ambition of competing at a higher level. Wolverhampton Wanderers need to see this fall from grace as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes (and there are plenty of those) and to wipe the slate clean.
Hopefully League One will offer some of the talented youngsters – who have signally failed to come through from the much vaunted Category One academy - a chance to shine. Baath and Forde have already shown some promise in real competition, and it will be good to see the highly-rated McAlinden and probably Ismail getting first team chances. I’m in two minds about the return of Leigh Griffiths. Clearly he’s had attitude problems but he’s got talent, as his scorching last season at Hibs shows, and he is at least making the right noises about working hard in recent interviews. I doubt he’s got a long term future at the club given his complicated family ties in Scotland (and in fact Moxey already seems to have one eye on a possible transfer bonanza), but if he’s prepared to work for the moment, that will suffice.
I don’t expect to see many mouth-watering new signings as there is unlikely to be any change to the club’s policy of doing the minimum to (hopefully) get by. It will, however, be exciting to see if Sigurdarson can develop as a player and any of the overpaid wastrels who may remain at the club next year will still have my full support provided they put in the work required.
We will be a big fish in a small pond – a position all to familiar to Wolves, albeit to a lesser extent, through the many years in the second tier, where we’ve already proved how difficult a position that can be. Nevertheless, anything less than promotion would constitute failure.
Come on you Wolves!