Kenny Jackett continues to relish the challenge and opportunity he has been handed at Wolves – bringing a major transition to the club but also keeping them at the top of the table.
While Wolves were made one of the promotion favourites at the start of the Sky Bet League One season, Jackett has helped Wolves into second place with 16 games to go with a much-changed team to that which finished last season.
The team which started Saturday’s 2-0 win over Notts County contained only two players – Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko – who started the final game of last season at Brighton and at that point Dicko was on loan and going back to Wigan at the end of the campaign.
Jackett has built what is now almost an entirely new team to try and respond to successive relegations, but while doing so has kept Wolves where they want to be, right in the thick of the promotion race.
“It is a very good challenge for me coming here,” says the Head Coach.
“And while you are taking on that challenge and changing things around you have to be at the right end of the league for a club like this in what is the third division.
“We have to combine that with making sure we get results.
“We have changed things around a lot here and I have seen big clubs hang around in this division for two or three years.
“The likes of Nottingham Forest, Leeds, the Sheffield clubs, and Sheffield United are still at the wrong end of the table this season.
“And that’s with regularly getting 18,000 to 20,000 people at their ground.
“It needed a quick transition here and to accelerate that transition.
“We needed to keep producing the goods to make sure we were at the right end of the table and competing for those automatic places.
“And the crowds have been fantastic and it just shows you what can happen if you get going at the right end of the table with a chance of success.
“We have a good young group here and are optimistic.
“It is encouraging that players have come through the Academy and the lads we have brought in – such as Michael Jacobs – are young too.
“We have a good group at the moment.”
Jacobs is one of the Jackett signings who has hit the ground running at Molineux, notching four goals so far including a brace on Saturday.
Jackett believes his switch from Derby was just one of those situations of needing a fresh start and an extended run in a team.
“I think Derby were looking with a new manager coming in at their own players and some new ones coming in,” said Jackett.
“They needed to create some space and he wasn’t getting a game.
“If you look at Derby’s squad they have got some very good midfield players similar to Michael.
“Sometimes you are at a club and if there are players that are similar to yourself it is difficult.
“We are very pleased with him.
“After a successful loan spell we are pleased that we now have permanently and at his age we think he can go on and be a great player for the club.
“First impressions have been very good.”