Kenny Jackett has urged his players to go on and win the Sky Bet League One title after clinching promotion against Crewe.
While the Head Coach was delighted with the celebrations which followed yesterday’s win at Gresty Road, and paid tribute to the efforts of players and staff, the team will report back for business as usual tomorrow to prepare for Friday’s game with Rotherham (3pm).
Not only does Jackett want Wolves to maintain their standards against teams with plenty still to play for, he has also dangled the carrot of that possible title win to cap a superb season.
Only then can the behind-the-scenes plans for life in the Championship really step up as Wolves look to build on this season’s momentum.
“This is the first step for me,” says Jackett.
“I dropped out of the Championship last year to come here and I’m delighted we are going back there and am really looking forward to next year.
“We have got to build on this now.
“It’s an exciting time at Wolves and that’s what I want it to be.
“I don’t want anyone to sit back.
“I want to try and win the league now – that’s our aim – and it’s in our hands which is a good thing.
“In the long term the plan is to keep improving and these are exciting times.
“We know we will be going into an excellent league and a very difficult league but we are looking forward to it.
“We are not looking too far ahead and we want to try and win the league first but if this could be the first step of many it would be a great achievement by the club.
“Wolves, having a recent Premier League history, have got the ability to do that.”
When taking the job last summer, Jackett was well aware of the pressure and expectation at the club heightened by a difficult period of two successive relegations.
But it was an expectation he has relished and thrived upon, as he fashioned almost an entire new team to fire Wolves to promotion.
“The manager or Head Coach is always the public face of the club so the focus – good or bad – goes on him,” he explained.
“But in truth there is a team behind us – a board of directors, a staff, and ultimately the players that go out and do it on the pitch.
“There is always pressure in any job like this whether it be a big club, medium-sized club or a small club.
“With Wolves there is also an expectation that comes with the territory for such a big club with fantastic fanbase and first class facilities.
“I know that, and I am happy to accept that because it is a fantastic chance and opportunity for me as well going forward.
“I’m delighted to bounce back at the first attempt.”