Kenny Jackett prepares to pit his wits against one of his successors Graham Turner tomorrow saying the respect in which the former Wolves manager is held is “richly deserved”.
Turner is remembered in high esteem by Wolves supporters for the job he did in rebuilding the club during a hugely successful spell as boss from 1986-94, an achievement which secured him a place in the Molineux Hall of Fame.
And while the 1,500 travelling supporters will be hoping Turner finishes on the losing side with his Shrewsbury team tomorrow, they are sure to give him a rousing reception ahead of his first competitive fixture against Wolves since leaving.
“Rightly so as well,” Wolves Head Coach Jackett says of Turner’s likely reception.
“I’m sure that will be a good touch and that’s a good, very positive part of the game.
“Graham got a long service award from the Football League last year at a dinner I was at, and it was very well deserved for services to football.
“From afar I have respected his achievements, integrity and his work ethic.
“He’s been a manager, chairman and a club owner for a number of years and has worked in all the divisions, although not the Premier League since its inception, but certainly the top division before that.
“He’s vastly experienced and very well respected in the game and so that particular award was fully deserved.
“Going back I can remember his time as manager of Wolves when I think I was youth coach at Watford.
“He did very well and has a healthy respect here, but that hasn’t surprised me because he has that wherever he goes.
“His longevity is through the fact that he’s very good at his job, and beyond that he is very well respected in football.
“The respect he has both at Wolves and in the game is richly deserved.”
Jackett is expecting a tough test in a derby atmosphere against a Shrewsbury side beaten only once so far in the league this season.
But after analysing the opponents’ strengthens and weaknesses, he believes it is about Wolves stepping their own performances in the wake of a tricky win against Swindon and first defeat against Walsall.
“We have to get our own game right – the games with Swindon and Walsall lacked to some degree and we need to improve on it.
“We need to play to our potential and make sure we get it right and put on a performance which encourages us.
“The teams at the top of the league have set off at a high pace and so far we have stuck with that but we need to keep it going.”
Wolves will again be taking a sellout following – 1,500 – for the first ever competitive fixture at Shrewsbury’s Greenhous Meadow, which is sure to be a fantastic occasion.
“Oue away fans have followed us in great numbers and in great volume wherever we have travelled,” said Jackett.
“Whether it’s a local derby or not the Wolves supporters will add to the occasion and drive the team on.”
*With the allocation sold out any fans without tickets are urged not to travel to the game. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early at the stadium.