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Jackett's Pride

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16:23 26th July 2013

Head Coach set for Molineux bow

Kenny Jackett today admitted it would be a “proud” moment when he steps out at Molineux for the first time as Head Coach against Real Betis.

After five unbeaten games on the road Wolves round off their pre-season schedule with tomorrow’s visit of the La Liga side, a week before the Sky Bet League One season kicks off away at Preston.

And Jackett is hoping to give supporters “something to be optimistic about” as he plans a new era at the club.

“It's a big honour to be head coach at Molineux, I am really looking forward to it,” he said.

“I know it's only a friendly but I want to get off on the right foot, I want a good performance.
“I hope we can give the fans something to be optimistic about.

“There are going to be many changes from the Brighton game, much needed changes I feel to a team still forming. It has to form very quickly because we want to get off to a good start at the start of the year.
“The players have trained very hard in pre-season, I have been pleased with their attitude, they are predominantly a young group which is a good sign for the future.
“You are still looking at people and assessing them all the time, with the potential for 13 games in the first two months of the season we are going to need more than 11 so it will be about how those players dovetail together.
“The different combinations that play are going to be a big thing looking at tomorrow's game and then going into next week against Preston  when we want to pick up results right from the start.”

Zeli Ismail (groin) is a doubt for tomorrow, as is Kevin Doyle (illness) who reported for training today but was sent home after seeing the Club Doctor.

Leigh Griffiths is also in line for his first taste of Molineux action having recovered from a slight calf problem, with Jackett suggesting the club will be keen to offer him an extended contract should he impress this season.

“We haven’t been working together for very long and he’s been out on loan for a long time, so it’s early days but first impressions are very good,” said Jackett.

“We’re not giving him an opportunity to not follow it through, so of course we will look at it (contract).”

Jackett meanwhile confirmed that both Doyle – when fit – and Bakary Sako will continue to be available for selection while Wolves players despite speculation linking them with other clubs.

*Fans are being encouraged to arrive early for tomorrow’s game, particularly if they are planning to pay on the turnstiles of the Billy Wright Stand.  Click here for all the information.

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