Kenny Jackett says Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without football as he and Wolves prepare for the Molineux double-header with Crewe and Leyton Orient.
The Wolves staff and squad will be in for training on Christmas Day as is the usual the day before a game, continuing preparations for the Boxing Day clash with Crewe (3pm) and follow-up with Sky Bet League One leaders Leyton Orient on Sunday (3pm).
And Jackett believes the hectic festive schedule is something that both players and supporters should relish and enjoy.
“You have to be dedicated at this time of year, the players have to be dedicated, and as a staff we have to be organised which we are,” says the Head Coach.
“We were back in on Sunday morning after Rotherham to make sure the lads recovered and did everything they possibly could to be in tip top condition for Boxing Day.
“And yes we will be training on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – it has to be like that.
“Christmas without football isn’t really Christmas.
“I think it’s a great part of our game – the amount of games which take place over the Christmas period.
“We chose it and I think we should enjoy it.
“We will make sure we will do everything possible to win these games because it is such a vital period.
“We want to do well and want the club to be successful so we have to make sure we do everything we possibly can to get the players well prepared for these games.”
Jackett, who will check on the availability of Jake Cassidy who was suffering from swollen glands at the weekend, acknowledges there is always a balance to be struck during a hectic schedule of keeping the squad fresh without damaging any continuity.
“You think about using your squad at this time – it’s very important we have full energy but don’t lose any cohesion when we change the team,” he explained.
And he will not be taking the challenge of Crewe lightly.
Managed by Wolves fan Steve Davis, the Railwaymen have endured a difficult season but arrive at Molineux unbeaten in their last three.
“Crewe are a good footballing side and I think it will be almost like a local derby as coming to Molineux for them will be a big day,” says Jackett.
“It’s similar to what we have faced and all we have got to do is make sure we look after ourselves.
“We have got to keep improving our team, analysing our performances and making sure we try to improve.
“It’s about respecting the opposition - we will do our homework and we do know all of the division very well by this stage and have had many reports.
“But on Boxing Day it will be like a cup tie atmosphere, and the most important thing is to concentrate on your own team.
“It is about ourselves and making sure we put on a performance for our home crowd.
“We are really looking forward to the game and to the day and doing it justice and taking the opportunity that we have to try and get some points.”