Kenny Jackett believes Wolves fans may be surprised by the quality of football in League One as he acknowledged there will be a “high motivation level” for teams coming up against the Molineux Men this season.
While Wolves are shaping up for their first third tier campaign in two-and-a-half decades, the Head Coach has more of a recent working knowledge of the division from his time leading Millwall – with new Assistant Head Coach Joe Gallen – to promotion.
And he believes that in some cases there will be more football seen in League One than in the second half of last season’s Championship which became ultra-competitive.
“I’ve been in the Championship for three years but think there will be some football teams in League One,” Jackett said.
“I think there’ll be more football than maybe people are expecting.
“It won’t be as physical as people are expecting – there will be quite a bit of football played as well.
“There’ll be more constructive football than people are thinking when they talk about physical pressure and so on.
“The Championship is quite often the one for that.
“The second half of last season was very physical in the Championship. There was a lot of competition and not a great deal of football.
“It was that tight that maybe people were a little bit nervous and didn’t necessarily settle down.
“There’ll be more football than I’d think people would anticipate, and a high level of motivation against Wolves.
“It’s the level of commitment against a club like Wolves that everyone will find – that’s the biggest thing everyone will see.”
It is the recent Premier League experience of Wolves that Jackett believes makes the team a scalp next season, and provides the players with an added challenge beyond football alone.
“It was tough for some of the bigger teams to get out when they were there and every game was a Cup Final,” said Jackett.
“You have to make sure you deal with that.
“We know we will be a scalp and have to be ready for that – there will be a big motivation level against Wolves this year.
“When you are at a big club like Wolves, you can watch the opposition’s game before and then the Wolves game and you will see a different team.
“That’s how it will be – and it’s a compliment really to the fact that Wolves have been in the upper echelons of the divisions in recent years.
“You will see a big ‘up’ in the opposition’s performances.”
And Jackett does see plenty of candidates when it comes to Wolves aiming to compete at the top end of the division.
“There is more of a differential between teams (in League One) but there is always a surprise package or two as well,” he added.
“Last year it was Yeovil.
“From being in the bottom section of that division for a while they suddenly got promoted through the play-offs.
“Other than that you would expect the likes of Preston, as an ex-Championship club, to find their feet in there.
“Brentford look strong, and barring a penalty would be in the Championship now.
“They have added to last year as well. Sheffield United are also a genuinely big club and I would also say watch the clubs coming up. Rotherham, for example, have got a good budget this year and a new stadium and it’s worth watching them and Gillingham – teams which have got a bit of momentum.”
“This is the start of the season, and our aim is to get promoted next year,” he continued.
“We are not talking about a three year plan, we are talking about our aim being to get promoted. “There is a transition needed in the team and that is an obvious fact to everyone.
“And we hope that will happen sooner rather than later.
“You want to start well because otherwise you give yourself too much to do.
“A good start is vital and some encouraging signs for the team will be important in the first months as well.
“All of us need to see some encouraging signs in terms of the development of the players and the team. That’s going to be very important for the future and for the team.”